An idea is not a design,
but it is an invitation to a journey.
A design is not a prototype,
but it is a plan for moving forward.
A prototype is not a program,
but it is a test for your assumptions.
A program is not a product,
but it is a milestone towards progress.
A product is not a business,
but it is the first fruit of an idea.
A business is not profits,
but it is a team behind your back.
Profits is not an exit,
but it is validation of your work.
And an exit is not happiness,
but happiness is not a destination.
Happiness is a journey.
“Working overtime doesn’t increase your output. It makes you stupid.”
In Holland, we have two words for design. One is vormgeving; in German formgeben. And the other word is ontwerpen; in German entwurf. In the Anglo-Saxon language there’s only one word for design, which is design. That is something you should work out. Vormgeving is more to make things look nice. So for instance, packaging for a perfume or for chocolate in order to make things fashionable, obsolete and therefore bad for society because we don’t really need it. While ontwerpe means, and the Anglo-saxon word, but its stronger, means engineering. That means you as a person try to invent a new thing—which is intelligent, which is clever, and which will have a long-life. And that’s called stylistic durability. It means you can use it for a long time.
“If You’re Not Making Mistakes, then You’re Not Doing Anything.”
One of my favorite magazine’s have turned out to be Inc. It’s a fantastic business magazine that focuses on what makes businesses “work” – in all aspects.
Here are a few of my favorite articles from the latest issue:
The way I work, David Karp of Tumblr
“As a kid, David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, taught himself to code and dropped out of high school. Now 24 years old, Karp runs his company his way—and refuses to keep a schedule.”
Best Business Travel 2011 – altough I don’t travel frequently in business, I love traveling and love “comfort”.
“…the minute you think you know, the minute you go – oh, yeah, we’ve been here before, no sense reinventing the wheel – you stop learning, stop questioning, and start believing in your own wisdom, you’re dead. You’re not stupid anymore, you are fucking dead.”
Although we are unable to show you any of the work we have done for FJORD, it seems that they are happy with it. Here’s what their Creative Recruiter, Jamie Collinsworth had to say:
“We hired Anton for some freelance design work at Fjord and were thrilled with the results. Not only was he very responsive during the project briefing and negotiation process, he also was very flexible to our demanding project start time and schedule. Once the work was under way, we realized Anton is extremely creative with a high-standard for what he produces. His design aesthetic is quite sophisticated and it’s obvious he sincerely cares about going the extra mile for his clients. We look forward to collaborating with Anton again in the future!â€
Thank you – and looking forward to working with you soon again!
This is the best part of a job description we’ve ever seen.