Week Quotes: 19022012

Heard around Calabasas

compiled by Luke Johnson

* He’ll be here as a bit of a sanity check.

* It turns out business people want sex just a much as anyone else. That’s why they go to conferences.

* There is a feature called the hot babe alert.

* It’s the kind of place that sells knock-off Haines underwear.

* The ability to lie is important socially.

* This a bicycling studio not a golf studio.

* Child-proof has become adult-proof.

– Valentine’s Day is manufactured by Hallmark anyway.
– We should have bought them.

* It’s hard to celebrate (Valentine’s Day) when you have three kids and a sister-in-law in town with a six-month old.

* There are winners and losers in traffic control.*
((Heard during a studio field trip to ATSAC, the Los Angeles Traffic Control Center))

* It’s like World War II coffee, if you’re in the trenches it’s OK.

* We won’t be able to wordsmith our way through this one.

* It mounts on things, not people.

* All design projects are fragile by nature.

* It’s going to be a Ramen (noodle) month.

music played
Living the Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
Plus Rien Ne M’Etonne by Tiken Jah Fakoly

books recommended
The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles, Commerce, Culture, and Coolness by Steven Levy

Week Quotes: 13022012

Heard around Calabasas

You know I was just joking. I do read your emails.

Duncan’s not here, everyone take the week off.

I’ll be working with Jessica on hazardous waste.

Didn’t Hannibal Lector work in anagrams?

Every man goes through a beer making stage.

Germans are used to dubbing.

Do you believe there is an opportunity?
I always believe there is an opportunity. That’s why we are here.

Our target audience is effervescent, young, appreciates design, hyper connected, and pre-family. If you have a child that sticks you over the edge.

Did he come in with Victoria?

That’s not overly inspirational but that’s reality.

There is no good way for a man to ask another man if they want to go get yogurt.

What is the value to people? What problem are we solving?

There’s a scene in Batman and Robin where they cover their stomaches in buttermilk…

It’s so quiet. It’s like everybody took the day off.

Music Heard in the Studio
Wayward Angel by Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) by Gotye

Week Quotes: 06022012

A new feature. I’m going to share the week’s quotes heard around the Advanced Design team studio here in Los Angeles. These come via the man with the ears for quotes, Luke Johnson who publishes them internally — or has been for the last few weeks now. They’re telling things, without telling things like — wooooo — secrets..And, they’re too good to let evaporate in the email-ether forever.

It’s a a yes week.

If I see something like a cake that’s not cut straight, I need to correct it.

Why can’t there be a Chief Emotional Officer?

I just laser cut leather, so if you smell burnt flesh…

(In snowboarding) It’s always, you should have been here yesterday…classic.

The night before a race I used to have a quiet moment with my bike. Now it’s on a hook.

8 hours, no tricks.

You look like a stylish young accountant.

That’s like the founding fathers saying “My signature looks bad, let’s start over.”

It’s funny, MP3 seems to be a dirty word now.

I am still having trouble understanding why we are interested in music and place.

Boring can be beautiful.

Tweaks are hard to value, especially in a big group.

This picture was taken in Scandinavia, in the summer, obviously.

The big picture will come by designing.

I don’t think there’s any real value in opening up kimonos yet.

I don’t read Luke’s email.