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I was just wandering around the blogosphere, looking for good design-related blogs (nominate your favorites here), and found this collection of advice from designers, collected by Ellen Lupton, the curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and a professor of graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art. A few I liked:

  • Turn spectators into collaborators.
  • Graphic design is the spit and polish but not the shoe.
  • Comfort is overrated.

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  • Elke Gasselseder

    One of the best pieces of advice I got from Ms. Lupton's website www.designwritingresearch.org was "Think more, design less."

    Seeing Ellen Lupton's great design work, she knows exactly what she is talking about. I especially like the flash games she created: "Evil Type" and "Dumb Quotes" found on www.thinkingwithtype.com under "Crimes Against Typography" at the bottom of the page. Who said learning can't be fun?
    If you love design and typography, check out her sites.

  • Frank McClung

    Thanks for sharing these quotes. They are funny and thought provoking at the same time. Here are a few more from B L A N K, a design community that explores the heart and soul of design:

    - Design that touches the heart will be the only kind of design that matters.
    - All of us have ideas and some of them actually matter.
    - Design is not safe, or at least it shouldn't be.
    - Imagination is the spring of creativity held in bondage by years of schooling.
    - Fear causes us to do what we don't want to do when our hearts are calling us to do otherwise.

    Frank