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“My office, which has always been more or less the same, is a big undifferentiated room. I sit in one place in the room, in the same relationship to the rest of the room as everybody else. There is no visual hierarchy. I think it may have to do with the fact that when I was a kid my family lived in a three-roomed apartment. The family would spend its evenings in the living room. My mother would knit at one end, my father would read the paper and listen to the radio, my sister was at her desk, and I was at the other end doing my homework. I became accustomed to the lack of privacy and got used to working in a place where a lot of things were going on.”

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source: Studio Culture: The Secret Life of the Graphic Design Studio, edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy (London: Unit Editions, 2009), 131.

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“It’s important to me to have a place to work outside of where I live. So I have always found myself an office. I go off to work as if I had a clock to punch; at the end of the day I come home as if I had just gotten off the commuter train. I need to impose a structure on myself.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. I (New York: Picador, 2006), 383.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 138 of The Paris Review, 1996.

“There are times when it is absolutely essential to confer, but I incline to believe that when it is not necessary to confer, it is necessary not to confer. So much easier to read the views of others nicely trimmed for economy’s sake, than to sit with a dozen people who in some cases aren’t given the time necessary to develop their thought, in other cases don’t have sufficient thought to justify the time they are given to express it.”

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source: Windfall: The End of an Affair (New York: Random House, 1992), 23–24.

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