The Figure / Ground Relationship: Observatory: Design Observer.

Interesting perspective on design work and the “stuff” in the background that it’s necessary to do well to be an exceptional designer.  I’m an admirer of Gestalt psychology (where the Figure/Ground concept comes from) so I see this idea as having real implications on any creative life, that a “whole system” view leads to better work.  Equal attention and care to the backgound or peripheral tasks (the Ground) associated with the main creative endeavor (the Figure) is rewarding in its own right and promotes success.