It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognize, out of a number of facts, which are incidental and which vital. Otherwise your energy and attention must be dissipated instead of being concentrated.
– Sherlock Holmes
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel
Strange, is it not, how we fall into these patterns, how we are dictated to by the space that surrounds us.
– Anthony Horowitz
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius
“See the value of imagination,” said Holmes. “It is the one quality which Gregory lacks. We imagined what might have happened, acted upon the supposition, and find ourselves justified. Let us proceed.
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
#38 Collected Reading – A year in review 2011
A selection of my favorite collected readings from this year. I hope you have enjoyed reading them. Happy new year!
Design should not be seen as a discipline in the same way as geography or physics. It is a method: a method to join together separate ideas, information, emotions and organize them to develop a thought. None of the books listed below have any real examples of what is traditionally thought of as design. There are no glossy photos, models or “concepts”. Instead they are books which develop a way of thinking, a method which realizes that what is made is only as good as the way an idea is framed. There is no style, no “big idea”, just different ways to help you see the world you live in and how to rearrange the complexity of that world in a way that makes sense of things.
2. The food edition
This week I have collected together a series of recipe videos I made. Most of them were made on a recent visit to London in my mum’s kitchen.
3. Thinking about the present
A collection of thoughts around thinking, work and how to be in the present.
“Today is a gift.
That is why they call it the present.”
4. Introduction : Sherlock Holmes and the design process
After reading a collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels, I was struck by how much the process of detection has in common with the process of design. I have picked out some of the best quotes which illustrate these ideas.
5. Free markets and democracy
“And so, the balance of business expenditures shifts from product research to market research. The television commercial has oriented business away from making products of value and toward making consumers feel valuable, which means that the business of business has now become pseudo-therapy.”
– Neil Postman