Although it’s unlikely that many of the 200 or so fables attributed to Aesop were created by him, his fame as a story-teller was so widespread that practically any fable heard gained his association.
Last week I read a collection of his short stories, and as many of them relate to the business of design, I’ll share a few in a mini-series of posts. Here’s the first.
The Widow and the Sheep
“Once there was a widow who owned just one sheep. Wishing to make the most of his wool, she sheared him so closely that she cut his skin as well as his fleece. Suffering from such painful treatment, the sheep cried out, ‘Why are you torturing me like this? What will my blood add to the weight of the wool? If you want my flesh, send for the butcher, who will put me out of my misery at once. But if you want my fleece, send for the shearer, who will clip my wool without drawing blood!'”
Cutting small costs can cause great wounds.
Aesop on the business of design:
- Aesop on hiring a professional (this post)
- Aesop on design contests
- Aesop on client focus
- Aesop on giving critiques
- Aesop on kindness
Aesop (circa 620 BC-560 BC). Photo via BookMarc Blogpants.