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20. Where Do Great Designers Come From?

John Cocke (1925–2002), computer geniusIBM Watson Research Laboratory

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Genius will live and thrive without training, but it does not the less reward the watering pot and pruning knife.

MARGARET FULLER [1820–1850], DIARY ENTRY

Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first, from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.

EDWARD GIBBON [1789], MEMOIRSOF MY LIFE AND WRITINGS

I have just argued that great designs come from great designers, not from great design processes. Although technical designs are now always the work of teams, we still identify ...

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