(1) Paul rand was a very famous designer mostly known for making large corporation's logos. He is definitely well known and very influential in design today.
(2) There are a lot of different transitions within this animated interview. It uses zoom very effectively, as well as pan. After seeing this animation it basically made me want to start mine all over because it was just so seamless and seemed completely effortless. I definitely would like to progress to have great "unnoticeable" transitions throughout future animations.
(3) Yes, the quote, "Don't try to be original, just try and be good." is cheesy. But it's nice. and I don't think that he's really trying to get at the aspect of everything looking good, and nice. I think that he is trying to say that do what you like to do, and do it the best you can. Also, I feel that it could mean that in order to be good, you have to bring your own personality into it, so it is apart of you, possibly until it consumes you.