37signals on why they skip the powerfulness of Photoshop and just build their site directly with HTML and CSS.
A piece on concept products, and the trade-off between coolness and being in the real world.
So I guess the magic formula is: we're only going to see incredibly awesome stuff if we have:
- A creative mind producing a vision, almost detached from reality.
- A collaborative effort from experts in various fields to somehow make that vision fit within the constraints of the real world.
If we only have the first, we never get off the ground. If we only have the second, we just get tired repeats of old ideas.