Fast, Good, Cheap

"The first thing to understand is that it is impossible to create work that is fast, good, and cheap—from your perspective. If you do work that is cheap and fast, it is inevitable that it will not be of as high quality if you had more time or budget."
"This leaves you with fast and good. If you’re determined to hold onto fast (or more likely are being forced to be fast) then you will be left with two options. The first option is to sacrifice the quality of the work in order to meet the deadline, and often you will get away with this as making the best of a bad situation. But if your client knows her stuff, you won’t be able to cut corners when it comes to quality. This is the worst-case scenario, with you being held to deliver a quality of work within an unreasonable timescale. Something has to give, and the only option you have left is price, resulting in you having to invest more than planned on a job that already had a low profit margin, often to the point of you making a loss on the job."

> Fast, Good, Cheap, by Hoss Gifford




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The Hidden Secrets of the Creative Mind

"Ideas don't magically appear in a genius' head from nowhere. They always build on what came before. And collaboration is key. Look at what others in your field are doing. Brainstorm with people in different fields. Research and anecdotal evidence suggest that distant analogies lead to new ideas—like when a heart surgeon bounces things off an architect or a graphic designer.(...)
Take risks, and expect to make lots of mistakes, because creativity is a numbers game. Work hard, and take frequent breaks, but stay with it over time. Do what you love, because creative breakthroughs take years of hard work. Develop a network of colleagues, and schedule time for freewheeling, unstructured discussions. Most of all, forget those romantic myths that creativity is all about being artsy and gifted and not about hard work. They discourage us because we're waiting for that one full-blown moment of inspiration. And while we're waiting, we may never start working on what we might someday create."

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