A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Terre des Hommes (Man and His World)

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18 thoughts on “On Design

  1. Perhaps it is preferable to say that a designer knows he has achieved perfection by knowing when to stop creating.

  2. Neat quote. Hadn’t seen that before. Anybody know the source? One of his books?

    Also, side note to whoever is minding the web stuff -> Evernote Clearly can’t clip this page (does fine on “regular” blog posts), on this page all you get is the Community Leaders panel.

    • Unfortunately, I don’t know the source.

      With regarde to Evernote, I can clip it in Chrome,  either just the quote or the whole page. What browser are you using?


      • Sure NP, thanks for post. It’s a great quote.

        On to the geeky stuff….. I’m using Mac running lion, running Chrome 16.0.912.63 with the Clearly 3.3324.156.156 plugin. And yes I can clip with the Evernote clipper, the Clearly plugin however doesn’t seem to like this page (and other “quote” pages on your site). The regular post all work like a charm, but for the quotes I was just getting the Community Leaders panel on the bottom. I was going grab a screen shot and now of course it works fine, so I feel like the boy who cried wolf. Can’t seem to replicate it with this or other quotes pages, so I had been doing something weird and/or I’m nuts. Either care never mind, I’ll follow up if I see it again or can flush out where it’s breaking. Thx again.

    • Tom,
      That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking. The absolute hardest part for me is WHACKING out stuff that might be written well, but doesn’t belong. William Zinsser talks a lot about that! Good stuff, Tom!

  3. Hi Michael.

    I typed ‘design’ in the search menu in the hope of finsing out who you used to design your website? Simply because its inspiring.
    I’m pretty sure I saw a affiliate , advert link once but have not seen it since. Plus you did mention in one of your podcasts which I listen to but can’t find which one? Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

    • I actually did the design myself. However, I had a web developer do all the programming. Stay tuned: we are about to offer a new theme built on my design. Thanks.

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