Pantone Reveals Radiant Orchid as 2014 Color of the Year

   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 Don’t Know What I Don’t Know

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

Creativity…

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

-Rita Mae Brown

Try It Every Possible Way

“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.

Somewhere Along The Line

Somewhere along the line, it seems as if modern society began to misinterpret what it means to “be yourself”. Most tween/teens/young assume that odd/weird/different behavior is someone being themselves. Thus began this trend of people trying to be quirky and different for the sake of being seen as quirky or different.
However, being different is not synonymous with being yourself.
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