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Lessons on design from Charles Moore

I like to compare web design to architecture. I think it is an apt metaphor and will expand upon that idea later in a full article. For now, though, I'd like to share a quote from Mark Simon about the architect and teacher Charles Moore (my replacements in brackets):

Charles Moore taught me too many lessons to list all of them now, but here are a few of the most important:

Listen carefully to your client. Don't assume that you know what they want.

You can give a client just what they want and still make an interesting and beautiful building [website] if you use their vision as your inspiration.

There is no such thing as a perfect design. However, there is a substantial difference between good and bad.

There can be multiple good solutions to the same problem.

[…] Even a master has to discard many bad ideas before finding a good one.

Don't be afraid to collaborate. Share credit.

Dress conservatively to sell a radical design.

— Mark Simon, Centerbrook Architects and Planners. Quoted from Metropolis magazine, May 2014

Added by J. Hogue | July 24th, 2014

Catching our breath & looking over our shoulder

We’ve been quiet for a time, I know. Heads down, working hard… not making time for ourselves and for self-promotion. Sometimes, when the projects are large and the problems are difficult to solve, it’s unavoidable.

It’s been a bit bumpy, I can tell you that. We treat everyday as a learning opportunity, so that keeps us ready for change, however tumultuous it may have been. As I look back at the past six months, though, I can’t help but think we’ve accomplished quite a bit. While the road has been long and bumpy, we have survived and gotten stronger and hopefully smarter. If we don’t learn a little bit everyday, we must be doing something wrong.

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