Take good fucking advice, now!

It’s always hard and easy at the same time to take some advice. I recently came by and was able to read through the article of the New Yorker about Sir Jonathan Ive about all the things surrounding his job, experience and everything before Apple and while he was working with Steve Jobs. Any designer of any background should really read this, because it isn’t just about the most recent events: the Apple Watch debut or the upcoming biography “Becoming Steve Jobs” (which is backed by Ive, Cook and others to be closer to the real Steve Jobs and how he was). It is about the small things, the little details and the way they work inside the mystical concept of creativity called Apple. The Interview took part in several meetings throughout the last months and the journalist kind of becomes a silent narrator and shadow of Ive in that time.

You get to know Ive, internal working structures, work ethic and perspective from a total different point of view. One of the interviews, which tailor more into one big story then several unconnected events, takes place in Ives office. This brings me back to the title and the thing about advice. One thing that hangs in the office of this brilliant, eloquent but at all times also very polite and gentle englishman is the “classic advice poster” of good fucking design advice. Picture below:Good Fucking Design Advice Poster
It’s not that gentle or polite, if anything at all it’s on point. First time when I read it out loud it made me laugh and think at the same time. It’s surely not the only point of advice that one could take out of that interview but the easiest to order and hang on your favorite spot to see all day long.
Advice, spoken in general, is nothing you take and just do in any kind of way like you would follow a map to a better destination. You take it into consideration and maybe try to incorporate parts of it into habits and routines, in that wet sludge that’s sitting between your ears.

 

One thought on “Take good fucking advice, now!

  1. Ahh you really suprised me, lovely writing! Yeah advice is always difficult… Some people do not want to hear it because they are not ready or they take it too personally. But i agree with Ive, just fucking get over yourself. Let in the critics in and GROW.
    I will print it and hang it in the office hahaha.

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