Archive of December 2014

Dec 18, 2014

Nur sehr wenig von unserem Wissen über die gesellschaftlichen Gegebenheiten der Welt haben wir durch eigene Erfahrung gelernt. Die meisten unserer bildhaften Vorstellungen haben wir eben von diesen Informationsorganen empfangen. Das führt oftmals so weit, daß wir nicht einmal das glauben, was wir mit eigenen Augen gesehen haben, bevor wir es nicht in der Zeitung gelesen oder im Radio gehört haben. Die Informationsorgane versorgen uns nicht nur mit Nachrichten, sie beeinflussen und leiten sogar unsere Erfahrungen.

Dec 17, 2014

Screens are like crack: addictive, antisocial, relentless in their sly, psychological pull. Technological progress is clearly not the same as cultural progress. Which is tragic. And also, true.

Dec 10, 2014

One of the most important things I have learnt about in Japan is the spirit of Shokunin. It means craftsmanship, however it is much more than that. One of the essential things is to make something for the joy of making it, and to do it carefully, beautifully, and to your utmost best of your ability. In Japan one can see this in the incredible delicate designs, or amazing machinery, and even the pride and perfection of even the cleaning staff. Similarly for a student, designer, or technologist, if you can have the Shokunin spirit you can learn to strive for innovation and make something, not only think of something, but make it, to as much as possible perfection.
As one improves, the work gets more difficult, not less. It’s the beginner who slaps something together and thinks it adequate. It’s the 職人 [shokunin ], dedicated to a craft, who is ever intent on making it better.