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A Refreshing Note to the Enthusiastic Student

A hail of words, like rain in April, can do no more than keep the air sharp and sweet and the ground springy underfoot; and that is the best a formal design education can hope to do—relevantly.

(Norman Potter, ”Design education: principles” in What is a designer: objects. places. messages., 2002 [1969])

Norman Potter insists on the importance of lengthy training, both by studying and practising.

The intellectual bubble is like wearing a pair of pink glasses with microscopic tunnel vision. The enthusiasm for new ideas must be continuously maintained and renewed, but nevertheless measured and experienced.