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Getting Out of Our Own Way

By Christopher Butler

In this episode, Chris talks about what it means for designers to get out of their own way, and he shares a couple of ways he's made that not only more possible in his life, but more natural to his day to day.Things Mentioned in the ShowClients from Hell“I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I am doing." Said by John Cage. The full quote is, "I am trying to check my habits of seeing, to counter them for the sake of greater freshness. I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I am doing." I'm honestly not sure what the original source of this quote is; it's been quoted in thousands of secondary sources, though.4'33", by John CageMusicAll music used in this episode is independently produced and licensed by Design Tomorrow for non-commercial use.Rythn, by Podington BearHallon, by Christian BjoerklundOld Growth, by r benyCreditsDesign Tomorrow is produced by Chris Butler at the Tomorrow office in Durham, NC. You can follow the show on Twitter @dsgntmrrw, visit the show's website at, or email Chris directly at chris @ for listening, and remember, what we do and think today can create a better tomorrow.After-Credits LinksThis startup uses machine learning and satellite imagery to predict crop yieldsIKEA - Let's RelaxConsciousness: The Mind Messing With the Mind, by Ash KooshaA Primer of Visual Literacy

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