Steve ZissouLast year, we set up a Dashing dashboard in the office. One of our favorite bits was the quote widget, which cycled through a list of quotes that we occasionally added to. I’ve left the organization and the company has been acquired, so that dashboard is dark. However, I felt the collection of quotes should be memorialized, so here they are, along with a random photo of Steve Zissou, our patron saint (for lack of a better term).

Oh my gosh! Doge is going to look so good…
– Kate

The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.
– Andrew S. Tanenbaum

If you want to do something that’s going to change the world, build software that people want to use instead of software that managers want to buy.
– Jamie Zawinski

Design is all about finding solutions within constraints. If there were no constraints, it’s not design – it’s art.
– Matias Duarte

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
– Edison

A material metaphor is the unifying theory of a rationalized space and a system of motion. The material is grounded in tactile reality, inspired by the study of paper and ink, yet technologically advanced and open to imagination and magic.
– Google Design Team

There’s music in a hammer, there’s music in a nail. There’s music in a cat, if you step on it’s tail.
– Mike Hell

I think quotes are very dangerous things.
– Kate Bush

It’s a new day.
– Daniels

All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection.
– David Wheeler

Are you saying I’m fat?
– Usability Participant #3

Simplicity takes courage.
– Softcard

When done well, software is invisible.
– Bjarne Stroustrup

On two occasions I have been asked, – “Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?”
– Charles Babbage

Zawinski’s Law: Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.
– Jamie Zawinski

All architecture is design but not all design is architecture. Architecture represents the significant design decisions that shape a system, where significant is measured by cost of change.
– Grady Booch

If you’re willing to restrict the flexibility of your approach, you can almost always do something better.
– John Carmack

Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
– Edsger W. Dijkstra

Give a man a program, frustrate him for a day. Teach a man to program, frustrate him for a lifetime.
– Muhammad Waseem

We have a responsibility to be teachers — that this should be a central part of [our] jobs… it’s just logic that some day we won’t be here.
– Ed Catmull

Snackbars are so cool! Toasts are like, whatever.
– Kate

David St. Hubbins: It’s such a fine line between stupid, and uh… Nigel Tufnel: Clever. David St. Hubbins: Yeah, and clever.
– This is Spinal Tap

The best way to improve your presentation is to get better content.
– Edward Tufte

It’s been five minutes since Adobe asked me to install an update. I hope they didn’t go out of business or something.
– Bill Murry

There are three great design themes: making something beautiful, making something easier, and making something possible.
– Dan Saffer

Everyone loves my pretty pink fur, and casting spells is fun for sure!
– Shipit

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
– Josh Billings

Design is only obvious in retrospect.
– Luke Wroblewski

Smartphones can sometimes make you feel dumb.
– Usability Participant #3

If you have to ask ‘will this annoy users?’ the answer is always yes.
– Matt Galligan

iPad Typewriter

Whereas the tra­di­tional type­writer of­fered free­dom at the cost of de­sign, the bil­lion­aire’s type­writer of­fers con­ve­nience at the cost of freedom.

This quote is from Matthew Butterick’s Billionaire’s Typewriter (via, a response to Death to Typewriters. The billionaire’s typewriter refers to Medium and other closed platforms such as Twitter and iBooks.

His post made me recall an article from this week: Email is not to big to fail (via Brendan Nelson). Email is often maligned, and it’s death has been called for many times. However, the alternatives offered are generally a step back in terms of freedom and convenience. Especially when one considers email’s support on pretty much every device and platform.

On the internet freedom is not something we need to trade for convenience. The underpinnings of the technology can support both.

By the way, Dave Winer’s MyWord Editor, which is radically silo-free, is a great example of what is possible in terms of freedom and convenience.

iPad Typewriter photo from Wired

383 In and Out BoardThe physical/digital in and out board was what originally attracted me to this post about Project 383’s studio, but it’s just one part of a well executed office build-out. If you dig renovation photos, have a look at this gallery, which includes a bit about the building’s history.

There’s a lot to be impressed with here, but I really like the visitor experience. It showcases the integration between the tech and environmental systems. In a visitor’s eyes, 383 shines where most companies fall flat. Nice work.

photo by Project 383