Monday, February 1, 2010

Jobs on Taste

Taste is one of those intangibles that design school ignores or likes to corner with style because while taste is something that you have to learn and continue to study and evolve, it is not something that can be taught and relies heavily on intuition and ego. You either have it or you don't.

...In his Palo Alto home years ago, he said that he preferred uncluttered, spare interiors and then explained the elegant craftsmanship of the simple wooden chairs in his living room, made by George Nakashima, the 20th-century furniture designer and father of the American craft movement.
Great products, according to Mr. Jobs, are triumphs of “taste.” And taste, he explains, is a byproduct of study, observation and being steeped in the culture of the past and present, of “trying to expose yourself to the best things humans have done and then bring those things into what you are doing.”

Via NYTimes

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