I'm reading A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink (note to artists: you'll be in charge in the 21st century) and he mentions Karim Rashid's fifty-point manifesto, a guide to life and design. Pink lists ten of the fifty points (reproduced below)...if anyone can find a link to all fifty, let me know. I think these ten are damn good advice:
1. Don't specialize.
5. Before giving birth to anything physical, ask yourself if you have created an original idea, an original concept, if there is any real value in what you disseminate.
6. Know everything about the history of your profession and then forget it all when you design something new.
7. Never say "i could have done that" because you didn't.
24. Consume experiences, not things.
33. Normal is NOT good. [YES!]
38. There are three types of beings - those who create culture, those who buy culture and those who don't give a shit about culture. Move between the first two.
40. Think extensively, not intensively.
43. Experience is the most important part of living, and the exchange of ideas and human contact is all life really is. Space and objects can encourage increased experiences or distract from our experiences.
50. Here and now is all we got.