Dom Christie

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Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.

Samuel Johnson


Beauty is essential. It is never a trade-off. Make the most of beauty and never sacrifice it at the altar of expediency. It is too high a price.

Add nothing ugly. Do not accept any existing ugliness as fixed. Remove and change it if possible, otherwise modify or screen it.

Monty Don Down to Earth, p.32


The not-so-straight and the not-so-perfect is the lovely thing of life. And there’s somebody out there trying to make the world straight and perfect…When the world will be straight and perfect in their eyes, will that be straight and perfect, or will it be worse?

Analogue People in a Digital Age Twopair Films


I don’t have any phones. They’re just not good for anything. They’re handy for loads of stuff, but I can’t think of anything that’s better because you’ve got them. I think there’s a risk of people becoming zombies with Facebook and social media. It’s really awful, that side of things.

Aphex Twin ‘Syro’


If you think something is clever and sophisticated beware—it is probably self-indulgence.

Don Norman The Psychology of Everyday Things


For the mathematician, an argument is either perfect or else it is wrong … He calls this ‘rigorous thinking.’ The typical engineer calls it ‘hair-splitting.’

Thornton C. Fry, 1941

Taken from The Information by James Gleick, p.196.


From Jef Raskin’s The Humane Interface:

You can have any combination of features the Air Ministry desires, so long as you do not also require that the resulting airplane fly.

Willy Messerschmidt



If you can understand the ordinary, the simple things in life, the mind can be opened to foster harmony in humanity, promote harmony with nature, discipline the mind, and quiet the heart. This in turn affects our output as human beings.

Mark Robinson


I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.

Garry Winogrand
yellow slide


London is such a constantly evolving city. It has many layers of systems in place, but nothing really quite works.

If you're working in an environment which doesn't necessarily work very well, it's a great environment to try and make things work well. We need contrast and tension to be able to create.

Sam Hecht


The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat

Lily Tomlin

Whilst looking for a synonym for "slowness" I came across The World Institute of Slowness. It has some great quotes (like the one above), and some interesting resources referencing physicist Richard Feynman, and Andy Goldsworthy: