My aim is to take familiar things and make
Poetry of them, and do it in such a way
That it looks as if was easy as could be
For anybody to do it (although he’d sweat
And strain and work his head off, all in vain).
Such is the power of judgment, of knowing what
It means to push the elements together
In just the right way; such is the power of making
A perfectly wonderful thing out of nothing much.
—Horace, Epistles, ii.3
When I wonder how to best describe the creative act, the act of designing–whether it be an interface, a blog post, sketchnotes, art, or even a life–I find this Roman’s words particularly fitting.