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From the Ted Talk by John Maeda: Designing for simplicity

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I have a confession: I'm not a man of simplicity. I spent my entire early career making complex sfutf. Lots of complex stuff. I wrote computer programs to make complex graphics like this. I had clients in Japan to make really complex stuff like this. And I've always felt bad about it, in a sense. So, I hid in a time dmoienisn. I built things in a time-graphics dimension. I did this series of calendars for sediisho. This is a floral theme calendar in 1997, and this is a firework calendar. So, you launch the number into sapce, because the jeaspnae believe that when you see fkirroews, you're cooler for some reason. This is why they have fireworks in the summer. A very extreme culture. Lastly, this is a fall-based calendar, because I have so many leaves in my yard. So this is the laeevs in my yard, essentially.

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I have a confession: I'm not a man of simplicity. I spent my entire early career making complex _____. Lots of complex stuff. I wrote computer programs to make complex graphics like this. I had clients in Japan to make really complex stuff like this. And I've always felt bad about it, in a sense. So, I hid in a time _________. I built things in a time-graphics dimension. I did this series of calendars for ________. This is a floral theme calendar in 1997, and this is a firework calendar. So, you launch the number into _____, because the ________ believe that when you see _________, you're cooler for some reason. This is why they have fireworks in the summer. A very extreme culture. Lastly, this is a fall-based calendar, because I have so many leaves in my yard. So this is the ______ in my yard, essentially.

Solution

  1. japanese
  2. stuff
  3. leaves
  4. shiseido
  5. space
  6. fireworks
  7. dimension

Original Text

I have a confession: I'm not a man of simplicity. I spent my entire early career making complex stuff. Lots of complex stuff. I wrote computer programs to make complex graphics like this. I had clients in Japan to make really complex stuff like this. And I've always felt bad about it, in a sense. So, I hid in a time dimension. I built things in a time-graphics dimension. I did this series of calendars for Shiseido. This is a floral theme calendar in 1997, and this is a firework calendar. So, you launch the number into space, because the Japanese believe that when you see fireworks, you're cooler for some reason. This is why they have fireworks in the summer. A very extreme culture. Lastly, this is a fall-based calendar, because I have so many leaves in my yard. So this is the leaves in my yard, essentially.

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