Going back forward
Smashing 2004 Core77 thread via Connie Malamed from Understanding Graphics.
Advice from designers for designers.
Lots of good stuff in here. My personal favorite is by one nobodyspecial.
.. language is a great tool for exploring ideas. Great design begins with asking the right question – getting at the heart of the problem you’re setting out to solve. Refining your design will start with discussions with other students – learn to be articulate, you’ll be amazed at how simply saying out loud what your thinking can cause a quantum leap in your understanding of your work.
[I have only edited the apostrophes, I swear.]