Jack Schulze

“Some people (they are wrong) say design is about solving problems. Obviously designers do solve problems, but then so do dentists.

Design is about cultural invention.

There are some people who want to reduce the domain of design to listable, knowable stuff, so it’s easy to talk about. Design is a glamorous, glittering world and this means they can engage without having to actually risk themselves on the outcome of their work. This is damaging. It turns design into something terrified of invention.

Design is about risk. We all fear authentic public response to our work, but we have to be brave enough to overcome.”

Perfect. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
From Six Questions from Kicker: Jack Schulze

Robert H. Jackson

“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.”

Bruce Ediger

The only “intuitive” interface is the nipple. After that it’s all learned.


Eliel Saarinen

Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”


“A measure of resilience is the magnitude of disturbance that can be experienced without the system flipping into another state or stability domain.”
- Holling, C. S. and Gunderson, L. H. (Eds.) (2002) Panarchy. Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems. Island Press. Washington. p50

Agent of Change

“Even the most aimless changes will eventually lead to well-fitting forms, because of the tendency to equilibrium inherent in the organisation of the process. All the agent need do is recognise failures when they occur, and to react to them. It is especially important to understand that the agent in such a process needs no creative strength. He does not need to be able to improve the form, only to make some sort of change when he notices a failure. The changes may not be always for the better; but it is not necessary that they should be, since the operation of the process allows only the improvements to persist.

- Christopher Alexander, ibid


“Misfit provides an incentive to change; good fit provides none.”
- Christopher Alexander, Qotes on the Synthesis of the Form, The Evolution of Useful Things p30