Why good design comes from bad design. …I don’t know what a good idea looks like until I’ve seen the bad ones… [xBlog: The visual thinking weblog | XPLANE]
Many of these ideas were awful, just plain unworkable. But with each idea I came up with, no matter how bad, it revealed some other way of thinking about the problem. Each new idea I sketched out was more informed than the last. Each bad idea illustrated some important aspect of the problem that I hadn’t thought about before. Out of every five or six ideas, I’d have one or two that might be feasible.
Not a bad score at all. And not a novel notion, just too rarely remembered. Bercun kindly provides some great quotes with his article:
“The two most important tools an architect has are the eraser in the drawing room and the sledge hammer on the construction site.” — Frank Lloyd Wright
Hemingway rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms 39 times. When asked about how he achieved his great works, he said, “I write 99 pages of crap for every one page of masterpiece.” He has also been quoted as saying “the first draft of anything is shit.”
“The physicist’s greatest tool is his wastebasket.” — Albert Einstein
“Rewrite and revise. Do not be afraid to seize what you have and cut it to ribbons ? Good writing means good revising.” — Strunk and White, Elements of Style