I just discovered Paul Graham's essays, and I'm having great time reading them.
Just finished reading his Taste for Makers, and for anyone interested in design, it is pretty much required reading as far as I am concerned.
Some choice quotes:
"Good design is suggestive. Jane Austen's novels contain almost no description; instead of telling you how everything looks, she tells her story so well that you envision the scene for yourself."
"Good design is hard. If you look at the people who've done great work, one thing they all seem to have in common is that they worked very hard. If you're not working hard, you're probably wasting your time." (emphasis mine)
But do yourself a favor and read the whole thing.