A few months ago I posted a quote I found from the great Ira Glass of “This American Life.” If you saw it, you recall it because many of you responded saying it was incredibly helpful and inspiring. If you missed it, well…you’re in luck because now, here’s an type illustrated version of it. Here it is round 2.
As a graphic designer, we’re always working within certain restrictions. Usually, it comes in the form of a “brief.” Oh…the brief! Here, Marian Bantjes creates a new category of how to think of design, illustration, and typography. I thought many of you would get a lot out of this. Would love to hear your thoughts. (cick to play)
Finding a good hard working apron is paramount for those that take their crafts seriously. Whether it be cooking, woodworking, painting or bookbinding, you want something you feel good in and helps trigger the “I’m ready to get my hands dirty” mentality.
Ellen Bennett of Hedley and Bennett knows this from the years of being in the kitchen in Providence. She realized that looks do matter even in an apron. He company creates handmade aprons that are great for men, women and children, and created with care you know was worth every penny. (via remodelista)
Obsessed with type and want to be part of a group where you can battle it out? You can join Typefight where there are endless battles of type 24 hours a day. Join or just vote, whatever you’re up to. But the competition is fierce so watch out!
Happy New Year! Its been awhile since my last post. Due to the holidays and an emergency appendectomy (yikes!), I’ve been laying low and recovering. The nice part of it all was that I got to catch up on lots of reading and excited to share some new books with you!
Towards the end of last year, I was listening to NPR’s Fresh Air to hear stellar review of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. I didn’t think much of it until I ran across an article in Vanity Fair later that week. When I saw it again on a list of notable books for 2013, I went out immediately and got it. I had to see for myself what all the craze was about.
This 700+ page book is surprisingly a quick read (and I don’t read fast). Its a great novel about a life of a young boy, Theos Decker who loses his mother from a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From there, the tragedy takes him from Manhattan to Las Vegas and Amsterdam. This novel is full of mystery, struggle and love. Its poetic and provocative and most definitely worth a read.
‘Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential to be good, but it’s not that good.
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.
I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take you a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just have to fight your way through that.’
German based, Turkish artist extraordinaire, Sakir Gökcebag, has taken what we see as conventional items to another level. Playing with shape, movement and 3-dimensional spaces, Gökcebag examines something as simple as a roll of toilet paper. The silhouettes he’s created are remarkable and breathtaking, making one realize the difference between great imagination and brilliant minds.
Its always such a treat to get wrapped up into a novel. I recently finished “The Circle” by Dave Eggers, a novel that takes a rather realistic look at what the future might hold for us given the digital world we live in today. With companies like Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, Eggers addresses our natural freedoms that can be taken away bit by bit unknowingly. Its no longer Big Brother you need to look out for, but tech companies that our collecting our data every minute we log onto our social media platforms, send emails or god forbid, save anything to the cloud.
There’s a new film out there for you music lovers that is a must see. Muscle Shoals, directed by my cousin-in-law, Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier and produced by my brother-in-law, Matthew Walker, (I’m clearly a proud family member) this movie pays homage to a small record studio that is finally getting some recognition for its amazing home talent that produced some of the greatest albums of all time. Click below to watch the trailer and check your local listings for showtimes.