Inspiration is for Amateurs

Chuck Close from Wisdom said:

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of


Discussion: What defines a professional designer?

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Reinventing Work

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Seth Godin's new book, Linchpin (Amazon link), reinvents work by challenging everyone to be an "Artist" now! (Check out the Linchpin manifesto graphic above for a gist!)


Only God is T-Shaped

I have been thinking about T-Shaped Designers for a long time now. How to be one, what does being one really mean and how effective can one be. Made popular sometime in 2005 by IDEO's Tim Brown, T-Shape Designers are defined as:


The Lifecycle of a Designer: Part 2

Thanks for all the great comments and input you have left from Part 1. It has really given me a great insight to what you want to see here on Design Sojourn. So onwards to Part 2! In the Part 1 we looked at the hierarchy


How to avoid "Mental Masturbation"?

Image source: Cab Ride (Ecstasy) So what, you may ask, is "Mental Masturbation"? Well the first logical assumption that comes to mind is procrastination. Actually, though, it's not quite what I would call procrastination. Let me explain. A design lecturer friend coined


Essential Websites for Industrial Designers

There are just so many websites out there these days, so how do Industrial Designers determine the ones that are worth looking at, and relevant to the wide range of topics covered in the Industrial Design profession? Therefore I have decided to create a


Inside the Minds of Designers

Michael Graves Its amazing that the Moleskine has manage to brand and associate themselves with the great talents of our time. Don't get me wrong as I think this is a good thing, but I wonder if this branding aspect has been taken too far.