A (small) philosophy lesson on a (snowy) Friday
Bill Buxton (my main guru in the design world), has committed a very fine and somewhat provocative list of recommendations on how to keep innovating in a world that’s fund of excellence, but rarely can achieve it. I completely agree with theses thoughts and thought I would share those with you.
What he does say in substance is: Be passionate, and change your passions once in a while. It’s not very good for innovation that you keep digging the same hole all of your life. Put yourself in danger sometimes, design will profit from what you’ll learn… kind of.
- Always be bad at something that you are passionate about
- You can be everything in your life – just not all at once
- When you get good at one skill, drop another in which you have achieved competence in order to make room for a new passion at which you are – yet again – bad.
- (My favourite!) Life is too short to waste on bad teachers and inefficient skills.
- Remember, you can learn from anyone.
See the full article in BusinessWeek
Not only Bill Buxton is a Canadian (!), but he is Principal Scientist at Microsoft Research and the author of Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design, a marvellous book.
Previously, he was a researcher at Xerox PARC and a professor at the University of Toronto. One of our great thinkers about design.