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Quotes on Design and the Useless Machine

Posted in creativity, emotional design by Dan on January 5, 2010

Another great site I discovered over the holiday is Quotes on Design. If you subscribe to the RSS feed, you’ll see new quotations posted every day.

Two of my favorites from the past week are:

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
Albert Einstein

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce

Speaking of RSS, I’m going to take this opportunity to recommend Google Reader, the web-based tool I use to keep track of 200 different feeds (which I really don’t have time to read). I’ve tried quite a few different feed readers, but only Google Reader is both easy to use, designed well, and complete in its range of functions.

Finally, watch this video of “The Most Useless Machine EVER!” If no other machine does, THIS machine has character.

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  1. Ryan said, on January 5, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Good stuff! I’ve seen the machine before, but built differently: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/04/24/ultimate-machine-fli.html

    This one’s plastic (which isn’t as appealing) and uses little action figure hands (which makes it even more awesome), but the part I like most about it is the slight delay with it; it’s more animated and human-like.


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