The Shape of Content



One of the books that has wholly shaped the way I look at art, design, and process.




“That which we call "good design” in furniture may or may not be good, but it has an exciting air of newness; it is modern. (“Never mind whether it is functional,” said my cynical friend, “so long as it looks functional.”)
Pg. 101

"One does not judge an Einstein equation by its communicability, but by its actual content and meaning. "
Pg. 106

“…the artist today, and particularly the young one, feels challenged to be unique.”
Pg. 120

“The perceptive eye may discern the craft in many varieties of art. The non-perceptive eye probably seeks to impose one standard of craft upon all kinds of art.”
Pg. 125

“His values are wholly vested in the object which he has been creating. Recognition is the wine of repast, but its substance is the accomplishment of the work itself.”
Pg. 126

“Talk and talk and sit at cafes, and listen…and never be afraid to become embroiled…”
Pg. 126

“Kandinsky views this process of the widening understanding of art as a sort of triangular one; the tip of the triangle always occupied by the originators, the innovators, whose work is little understood. As the triangle of taste moves onward, an ever-widening public comes to understand it, until the base of the triangle is reached (or approximately the whole public) and the work is widely accepted. By this time, of course, new ideas and new ways of painting form the apex of a new triangle, unacceptable again to the major part of the public, but probably destined for its ultimate enjoyment and understanding.”
Pg. 128

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