Favorite quotes

And a few words on them

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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is do what you believe is great work.
— Steve Jobs, innovator
 Steve Jobs with the first Macintosh computer

Steve Jobs with the first Macintosh computer

For me, work feels great 1) when I'm creating something that truly matters to someone, and 2) when I feel conviction about how it should be done.


Often what’s wrong with some modernist houses is they’re kept vacuum-sealed all thew way through. And then people wonder why they haven’t any atmosphere.
— John Stefanidis, interior designer

I feel the same way about websites. I believe the best websites allow for at least some authentic personality to shine through. At the end of the day, your client is hiring you as much for you as for what you do, isn't it so?


Simplicity is the by-product of a good idea.
— Paul Rand, iconic graphic designer

The thing I find satisfying about simplicity is how its virtue is both aesthetic in nature and also helpful in a practical sense. I view design as a puzzle, the goal being to get as close as possible to pure simplicity.


Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
— Howard Thurman

Wow. This one's a biggy. I can say that what makes me come alive is speaking with clients and through that conversation formulating a solution to what they need. This is one of the greatest heights of feeling alive that exists for me.


Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.
— Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com

I like how this definition of "brand" is able to describe so simply why it's important for each of us to nurture the visual aspects of our brand.


Care and quality are internal and external aspects of the same thing.
— Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Pirsig writes a great deal about "care" as an essential ingredient in work. What I "care" about comes from an innate desire to create excellent tools.


I don’t make movies to make money. I make money to make movies.
— Walt Disney, the man behind some of my favorite films

It's true. In a sense, I live to do design work because I feel great fulfillment within. With regards to money, it certainly serves an important material function.


Every restaurant should have a point of view.
— Danny Meyer, NYC restauranteur
 Danny Meyer's The Modern, where tipping has been retired.

Danny Meyer's The Modern, where tipping has been retired.

"A point of view" as defined in this quote is what we stand for within our field. For example, within the field of web design, I stand for making websites feel easy to read and effortless to use. What do you stand for within interior design?


The sexiest virtue in our culture is courage.
— Brene Brown, researcher and storyteller

I totally agree with this. Courage is more impressive to me than talent because courage is an act, whereas talent is a gift.


Take the reigns of your life. This is how you can change the world.
— Chase Reeves, coach of entrepreneurs

This hits on one big part of my "why" for entrepreneurship. As I build this company, I see how helping myself also helps others around me. It's a win-win for everyone. To me, this is a great definition of the words "business solution."


I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don’t know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten.
— Eckart Tolle, author of The Power of Now

This is one of my most favorite quotes of all time. As it applies to design, I believe everyone recognizes good design when they feel it, even if they aren't able to describe why it's good.