November 2013

The genius of childhood

“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.” ― Charles Baudelaire

My favorite movie design moments

Documentary or drama, I’m a sucker for watching people be creative. Here are a few of my favorites: Drama Don Draper pitching the Carousel – the ultimate example of story beating tech specs. Inventing the hula hoop from The Hudsucker Proxy – especially the naming at 2:40. Once studio session – The way the mixing […]

Growing block universe

This has always been my hunch for how time and space physically work. Apparently it’s got lots of holes in it but as Wikipedia says, it is “closer to common sense intuitions than the alternatives”.

A different kind of direction

A nice comparison of film directing styles by David Galenson, ranging from the conceptual dictator to the experimental collaborator. Also draws parallels to the different design approaches of Apple and Google. [Robert Altman] encouraged his actors to improvise: “What I want to see is something I’ve never seen before, so how can I tell someone […]

Fortune’s favor

Most of doing great design work is preparing for great design work.

The first paragraph

One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. I have spent many months on a first paragraph, and once I get it, the rest just comes out very easily. In the first paragraph you solve most of the problems with your book. The theme is defined, the style, the tone. At least in […]