On Education’s Three Great Lies
“The schools in this country are one of the biggest reasons we’re all so screwed up. Our educational experience consists of three great lies. Lie number one is, It’s better to say, ‘I know’ than to say, ‘I don’t know.’ Lie number two: It’s better to answer a question than ask a question. Lie three: It’s better to worship at the foot of success than understand the nature of failure. Those three lies have screwed our society, and it’s by overcoming one at a time–or two at a time or all three –that you can make some breakthroughs in your creative activities.”
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) May 30, 2016
“We remember what we are interested in. That is the definition of learning.” —Richard Saul Wurman, in 2011 / Newport pic.twitter.com/8KmnvJ4A5h
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) April 14, 2018
LATCH and Information Architecture
“The only thing we know is our own personal knowledge and lack of knowledge.. And since it’s the only thing we really know, the key to making things understandable is to understand what it’s like not to understand.
Information may be infinite, however…The organization of information is finite as it can only be organized by LATCH: Location, Alphabet, Time, Category, or Hierarchy.” – Richard Saul Wurman
“While information may be infinite, the ways of structuring it are not. And once you have a place in which the information can be plugged, it becomes that much more useful. Your choice will be determined by the story you want to tell. Each way will permit a different understanding of the information—within each are many variations. However, recognizing that the main choices are limited makes the process less intimidating.
If you were preparing a report on the automobile industry, you could organize cars by place of manufacture (location), year (time), model (category), or Consumer Reports ratings (hierarchy). Within each, you might list them alphabetically. Your choice would depend on what you wanted to study or convey about the industry. If you wanted to describe the different types of cars, your primary organization would probably be by category. Then, you might want to organize by hierarchy, from the least expensive to the most. If you wanted to examine car dealerships, you would probably organize first by location, and then by the number or continuum of cars sold.
After the categories are established, the information about the cars is easily retrievable. Each way of organizing permits a different understanding; each lends itself to different kinds of information; and each has certain reassuring limitations that will help make the choices of how the information is presented easier.” —Richard Saul Wurman
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) May 29, 2015
Random Richard Moments
"Nothing is equal." -Richard Saul Wurman
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) March 15, 2010
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) November 13, 2010
"Understanding precedes action." —Richard Saul Wurman
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) July 5, 2012
On speaking with a PowerPoint deck, "Don't let yourself be just a caption to your slides." -Richard Saul Wurman
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) January 24, 2011
"Learning is remembering what you're interested in." —Richard Saul Wurman
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) April 2, 2015
“Our bodies are 100 trillion cells, of which 90% are organisms by themselves. We are zoos.” —Richard Saul Wurman, 81 and 💪 (RSW founded TED)
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) August 13, 2016