Here’s something rather prevalent in the design world. Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year since the year 2000. This past December, they named PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year. According to Pantone, they annually designate these colors in order to “express in color what is taking … Continue reading
I think if you’re starting out early in the process by talking about your ideas for solutions, you’re already not listening. I think you need to enter into any design project with that zen, learner’s mind of ‘I don’t know what I don’t know.’
— Kim Goodwin
Design is an art of situations. Designers respond to a need, a problem, a circumstance, that arises in the world. The best work is produced in relation to interesting situations – an open-minded client, a good cause, or great content.
If you want to achieve some really big and interesting goals, you have to learn to fall in love with hard work.
Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.
-Rita Mae Brown
“You don’t know what you are able to do until you try it.
Try it every possible way.
Be deliberate. Be spontaneous.
Be thoughtful and painstaking.
Be abandoned and impulsive, intellectual and inspired, calm and temperamental.
Learn your own possibilities”
– George Bellows, 1919
Regarded as one of the greatest American artists, George Bellows gave this piece of advice to his students. Bellows’ wise words reach beyond the group of aspiring artists to which they were directed. These words reach everyone who hasn’t embarked on an exploration of their own creativity. Bellows demonstrated his artistic freedom to try new things throughout the entirety of his career. In fact, upon visiting his exhibition, “George Bellows and the American Experience,” I found the stylistic variety of his work to be noticeably impressive. His creative experimentation is both inspiring and refreshing. There’s no telling what else he would’ve created, had he not passed away at the young age of 42. So, while you have the chance, in your writing, in your music, in your paintings, in your designs, seize the opportunity to vary. Let’s get out of our comfort zones and explore our curiosities. You are alive. Create something. Create anything. See what you’re capable of.
A pun is a play-on-words; you can derive more than one meaning from a single word or phrase. And boy do I LOVE them. They are hands down my favorite form of humour. ‘Camping is intense/in tents’ is my all time favorite. ‘Nacho/not yo cheese’ is a classic. ‘Did you hear about the new pirate movie? It’s rated arrrrrrr.’
Are most puns kind of silly? Yes. But for me, they are still indisputably clever.
This deep love and appreciation for puns stems neatly into graphic design. Many of my favorite designs make use of visual puns: you can derive more than one meaning from a single symbol or image. I find visual puns particularly effective in logo design.
Here are 20 of my favs:
FedEx: The most famous visual pun can be found in FedEx. Do you see how the space between the uppercase E and the…
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Earlier this year, I read an article about Joshua Bell, a violinist who played at a Washington D.C. subway station during the morning rush hour. Unlike most buskers, this musician was one of the most accomplished virtuosos in the world. Three nights before, Joshua Bell played in Boston’s Symphony Hall for patrons who paid over $100 a ticket. And the instrument he played? A violin from 1713, handcrafted by Antonio Stradivari, that cost Bell $3.5 million.
You would expect that one of the best musicians on the planet to garner some attention. But during his 43 minutes of playing time, only seven people stopped to listen, and he earned a total of $32.17.
This experiment, the brainchild of The Washington Post, raises all sorts of questions, including: Can we appreciate beauty in unfamiliar settings? Are we able to recognize talent without signposts? And how do we know when we…
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In my opinion, the beauty of this lies in the truth. It’s in the unabashed honesty, and the pure and simple stating of the impossibly complex.
We’ll look back and we’ll
Hold so tight
The ones we don’t force
The ones where we can’t pretend
The times where we lived
And we didn’t know
What we were doing
Or where we were going
It was to far off
But we aspired
and we had goals
And although they weren’t always in sight
They were always in mind
As we trailed,
And we failed
And we learned
About the difference
Between what we wanted
And what we thought we did
Things we thought were forsure
But they never really were
Nothing ever is
nothing ever was
and we weren’t aware
and we’re not now
it feels the same,
but its all so different
we never noticed
then we did.