Shadows and light

October 16th, 2013, 12pm

It was 16°C with scattered clouds. The breeze was gentle.

I recently added a Hario Coffee Kettle to my favorite way to brew coffee at home (Chemex). And I realized that every tool I add to my coffee making routine makes it take a little longer, and taste a little better. I’ve been thinking about this for the past few days, wondering if there is a deeper lesson in there somewhere. And then Craig published Pull back, which made it all fall into place:

I want them all to slow down. I want to whisper in their ears: pull back for a second. Just for a moment. Stop and refine. Refine and refine. […]


In refinement and iteration you finally get to know the thing you made. Really know it. Understand how bad it is. How great it could be. How much potential is still left unrealized. And within each iteration you move the thing forward; sometimes better, sometimes worse.


This is how it is with coffee, life, and yes — design. We can choose to make something and move on as soon as it’s done (Remember, “The Biggest Lie in Corporate America Is Phase 2”). Or we can choose to slow down, refine, and take the time to make things better. I think we should try to do more of the latter.

Chris, Cassie, Caroline, Craig and 2 others said thanks.

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Rian van der Merwe

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