When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker’s schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it.
The deciding and doing parts of my own brain work work very differently. When I’m making a decision or judgement lots of fast information can help or easily be ignored. When I’m creating something or solving a technical problem focus is paramount and a slight distraction can derail the task.
“Although the senses are necessary for all our actual knowledge, they are not sufficient to provide it all, since they never give anything but instances, that is to say, particular or singular truths. But however many instances confirm a general truth, they do not suffice to establish its universal necessity, for it does not follow that what happened will always happen in the same way. […] From this it appears that necessary truths, such as we find in pure mathematics, and particularly in arithmetic and geometry, must have principles whose proof does not depend on instances, nor, consequently, on the testimony of the senses, even though without the senses it would never occur to us to think of them.”—Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: New Essays on Human Understanding (via fuckyeahphilosophy) (via tba)
marke, watching HELVETICA makes me realize even more how much i love knowing you.
Isn’t that a great documentary? Even for non-type-nerds who don’t geek out on weight and kerning and tracking and ligatures.
Although sometimes the interviews feel like half the people are saying “I absolutely always use a hammer” and the other half are saying “I absolutely never use a hammer.” I suppose my personal thoughts are more like “I sometimes use a hammer when I need to nail something.” :)
and, of course, marke <3 jared
EDIT: But I should say: Helvetica is one beautiful and powerful hammer.
“‘You see this goblet?’ asks Achaan Chaa, the Thai meditation master. ‘For me this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; I drink out of it. It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it. But when I put this glass on the shelf and the wind knocks it over or my elbow brushes it off the table and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, “Of course.” When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.’”—