• The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
    Alan Kay
  • The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.
    –William Gibson, cf. Zeit Magazin
  • Matthias, Aktivist der Medien und Fröhlichkeit
    –Frieder Nake
  • Getting the design right and the right design.
    –Bill Buxton
  • A robot shall not harm a human, or, through inaction, allow a human to come to harm. –Isaac Asimov’s first law of robotics
    Any system shall not harm your content or, through inaction, allow your content to come to harm. –Jef Raskin, 2000
    Any system shall not harm your interactions or, through inaction, allow your interactions to come to harm. –mprove
  • We have to do more than teach kids to surf the Net; we have to teach them to make waves.
    –Ben Shneiderman
  • Mit offenen Augen durch das Leben zu gehen – darauf kommt es an. [Walk through life with open eyes – that’s what matters.
    –Joe Weizenbaum, 2007
  • In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. –proverb
    In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is in for a rough time! –Robert Heinlein
    In the country of the blind, the one-eyed people run things, and the two-eyed people are in for a rough time! –Alan Kay
  • Share your shit!
    –Tor Nørretranders at reboot10
  • Live ist not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.
    –Kiran West
  • The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
    –George Bernard Shaw
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
    –Yogi Berra
  • As he entered the atmosphere, he realized it was all her fault.
    Ian Gilman
  • When too perfect, lieber Gott böse.
    –Nam June Paik
  • We are creating the illusion that there is no user illusion anymore.
    –Josh Clark, 2012
  • Gute Typographie bemerkt man so wenig wie gute Luft zum Atmen. Schlechte merkt man erst, wenn es einem stinkt. [You neither notice good typography nor fresh air. You recognize bad typography when it stinks.
    –Kurt Weidemann
  • A single atomic bomb can spoil your day.
    –Tom Gilb
  • the well-known committee syndrome – the only form of life with ten bellies and no brain
    –Alan Kay, 1969
  • A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
    –Douglas Adams, 1992
  • Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time in between wearing digital watches?
    –Douglas Adams, 1979
  • Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
    Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
    Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
    –Douglas Adams, 2002
  • We are not passenger, we are all crew on spaceship earth!
    –Marshall McLuhan
  • We are shaping the tools. And the tools are shaping us.
    –Marshall McLuhan
  • It is a widely held but a grievously mistaken belief that civil courage finds exercise only in the context of world-shaking events. To the contrary, its most arduous exercise is often in those small contexts in which the challenge is to overcome the fears induced by petty concerns over career, over our relationships to those who appear to have power over us, over whatever may disturb the tranquility of our mundane existence.
    –Joseph Weizenbaum in »Computer Power and Human Reason«, 1976
  • Wenn ein Mensch träumt, ist es nur ein Traum.
    Wenn viele Menschen zusammen träumen, ist es der Anfang einer Wirklichkeit. /via
  • The paradigm shift is not from CLI to GUI to Web to App to Voice.
    It is from CLI to CLI & GUI & WebUI & TUI & VUI. It is a rather wicked UI world for the people of our times.
  • Nothing is so healing as the human touch.
    –Bobby Fischer
  • Vielleicht Cello und ISS und zum Schluss etwas Kakapo? Anhören
  • the world is so damn complex […] It’s getting more complex than ever at a more rapid rate that these problems we’re facing have to be dealt with collectively. listen
    –Douglas Engelbart
  • And when the fun goes away, so do I.
    –Ivan Sutherland in »Research and Fun«, 2005
  • The carrot theory of research management: Research is like growing carrots. And the way you manage that is you pull them out every week and look at how they hang and put them back in the ground. And if in fact you have in fact lots and lots of research reviews and you demand that and your people report their progress and have breakthroughs in a timely fashion, you are not likely to get much.
    –Ivan Sutherland in »Research and Fun«, 2005
  • Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
    –Kranzberg’s Lawa /via Bill Buxton
  • Invention is the mother of necessity.
    –Kranzberg’s Laws /via Bill Buxton
  • Talent matters a lot more than method, methodology or process, and…
    Talent is disappearing out the door faster than you can count the open requisitions.
    –Tom DeMarco, 2001
  • Ich glaube an die Macht der Worte. Ein paar von ihnen, in der richtigen Reihenfolge, können die Welt befreien. [I believe in the power of words. A couple of them in the right order can change the world.
    –Radovan Tadic in »Erreur de jeunesse« (Jugendsünde), 1989
  • It is not what you do to the language. It’s what the language does to you.
    –Peter Brook /via Fiona Shaw in »Voyage and Return: The Gathering Ireland Festival Symposium«
  • Während die Tinte trocknet wird der Gedanke langsam zu Schrift. [While ink is drying, thought becomes writing.
  • Tradition ist nicht das Anbeten der Asche, sondern des Weitertragen des Feuers. [Tradition is not worshipping the ashes – it is to carry on the fire.
    –Gustaf Mahler
  • Jeder Seemann ein Artist. Zwei Seeleute ein Zirkus. [Each sailor an artist. Two seamen a circus.
    –Kapitän Jörg Pollmann
  • Stay hungry, stay foolish
    –Steve Jobs
  • Computers don’t actually think. You just think they think. (We think.)
    Ted Nelson in Dream Machines, p12
  • I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I am frightened of the old ones.
    –John Cage
  • Die Philosophen haben die Welt nur verschieden interpretiert; es kommt aber darauf an, sie zu verändern. [Philosophy offers different interpretations of the worls. But your aim should be to change it.
    –Karl Marx
  • »Think of the confusion.«
    »But think of the fun!«
    –Marx Brothers
  • [Werden wir mal menschenähnliche Roboter haben? Und bereitet mir das Sorgen?] Was mir mehr Kummer macht, sind roboterähnliche Menschen. [Are you concerned about human-like robots? – I am more worried about robot-like humans.
    –Joe Weizenbaum, 2007
  • If you do not share your analysis then it is not research, it is a waste of time.
    –Dave Winer at reboot11
  • Heute kommt das Shuttle des Raum Schiff Erde und holt Russland, das Morgenland und 4 Stehlampen ab.
    –mprove 2016
  • Mars ist leichter als Mond. Aber auf mich hört ja keiner. [Mars is easier than Moon. But nobody is listening to me.
    Karsten Becker, 2011
  • God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    the courage to change the things I can,
    and the wisdom to know the difference.
    –Reinhold Niebuhr

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Matthias Müller-Prove /mprove/ is an independent interaction designer and human computer interactivist. He is an experienced public speaker and author on the areas of innovation, interaction design, and media theory. Matthias shares his insights and methodology of 20+yrs designing professional desktop, web, and mobile interfaces for international operating companies at design and brand institutes.

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