Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014

“I was already at my desk on my first day of work when Massimo arrived. As always, he filled the room with his oversized personality. Elegant, loquacious, gesticulating, brimming with enthusiasm. Massimo was like Zeus, impossibly wise, impossibly old. (He was, in fact, 49.) My education was about to begin.”

Michael Bierut remembering design legend Massimo Vignelli

Everything Good

“Everything good proceeds from enthusiasm.”
- Brian Eno

Fear of What Other People Will Think

“Fear of what other people will think is the single most paralyzing dynamic in business and in life. The best moment of my life…was the day I realized that I no longer give a damn what anybody thinks. That’s enormously liberating and freeing, and it’s the only way to live your life and do your business.”
— Cindy Gallop

Taken from Cindy’s fantastic CreativeMornings talk.

It’s Your Life

“It’s your life — but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else or a community or a pressure group, you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Celebrate

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”
– Tom Peters

30 Second Habit

“Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.”

The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact, by Robyn Scott

Great Design Changes Us

“The issue of craft is the difference between good and great. When you go from good to great, there’s this element of delight and magic that has to happen in design… That’s where great design comes from — great design changes us. We smile, we laugh.”
- Maria Guidice

Design Matters conversation with Maria Guidice, director of product design at Facebook and author of Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design.

(via Explore)

Daily Advice

Daily Advice

Guilherme Menga created a beautiful collection of hand-lettered advice.

Your Life

Quote

Our Loss of Wisdom

“… a wise person is made, not born. Wisdom depends on experience, and not just any experience. You need the time to get to know the people that you’re serving. You need permission to be allowed to improvise, try new things, occasionally to fail and to learn from your failures. And you need to be mentored by wise teachers.”

Barry Schwartz, Our Loss of Wisdom

Static Happiness

“There is no such thing as static happiness. Happiness is a mixed thing, a thing compounded of sacrifices, and losses, and betrayals.”
- John Updike

Givers and Takers

“People tend to have one of three ‘styles’ of interaction. There are takers, who are always trying to serve themselves; matchers, who are always trying to get equal benefit for themselves and others; and givers, who are always trying to help people.”

Wharton Professor Adam Grant Explains Why The Most Successful People Are Givers, by Drake Baer

Money

“Don’t do it for the money.
Don’t do it for no money.”
— Oliver Reichenstein

(via Sawyer’s CreativeMornings profile)

Beyond Reason

“There is no why. We are. Life is beyond reason.”
- George Lucas

George Lucas on the Meaning of Life

Part of Being Human

“Stop thinking of art as an activity totally separate from the human activity; but rather as a part of being human and part of life that is intrinsic, not as a separate event.”
- Milton Glaser

Happiness

Happiness quote

Remember.

“Remember. Before your father was a parent, he was a person. Young, and confused, just like you.” – Phillip Toledano

The Reluctant Father

On Wearing Red

“When in doubt, wear red.”
- Bill Blass

Success

“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”

Alain De Botton, A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Three Goals for the Day

1. Create value
2. Learn something new
3. Have a good time

Three goals for the day by Isaac Oates, founder and CEO of Justworks.com.

Make!

Make

Amen.

Grounding Advice

“Pay attention to when the cart is getting before the horse. Notice when a painful initiation leads to irrational devotion, or when unsatisfying jobs start to seem worthwhile. Remind yourself pledges and promises have power, as do uniforms and parades. Remember in the absence of extrinsic rewards you will seek out or create intrinsic ones. Take into account [that] the higher the price you pay for your decisions the more you value them. See that ambivalence becomes certainty with time. Realize that lukewarm feelings become stronger once you commit to a group, club, or product. Be wary of the roles you play and the acts you put on, because you tend to fulfill the labels you accept. Above all, remember the more harm you cause, the more hate you feel. The more kindness you express, the more you come to love those you help.”
- McRaney

The Benjamin Franklin Effect: The Surprising Psychology of How to Handle Haters

On Criticism

“At the core of criticism, there should always be an intent to assist.”

Inspire or stifle? Reconsider the purpose of criticism, by Sean Minogue

Caring Heart

“People don’t mind being challenged to do better if they know the request is coming from a caring heart.”
— Ken Blanchard

(via this collection of leadership quotes)