Ignorance is a marker of somewhere interesting to dig. “Thinking through making” is really a dialogue between the designer and the material, one which reveals the unknown unknowns. Once you’ve become aware of your ignorance, you can do something with it, trade it in for interesting things. Also naivety gives you strength.
Ineptitude is a worry. You have to pay due diligence to your own ineptitude. But again, if you’re not getting shit wrong a good proportion of the time, you’re not learning hard enough.
Matt Webb (via BERG)
i don’t want to stop learning. i don’t want to be around people who’ve stopped learning. it’s lonely. it makes everything harder. and for what? i don’t know. it’s not going to keep you away from failure; it’ll probably just get you there faster. they’re not walls you’re putting up, this bit of expertise you’re clinging to. it’s a levee trying to hold off all of those things you don’t know, all of the unknowns, all of the knowns that you just don’t want to deal with. all of that will start to undermine your levee until you’re just underwater and overwhelmed. the myth of flood control. keep learning, maintain the lowlands, the wetlands, that buffer between you and everything. maybe you get flooded out anyway, but you’ve got a way to safer ground. at least you’ll know how to swim.