Erratic thinking, blending in ideas to form a logic which doesn't exist yet.
—…Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. - Paul Rand (via alittleplaceonmain)
Everyone likes going out for sushi on Friday nights, and buying a few bottles of Kirian and Sake to go with it. They laugh and have a grand old time. They’re not worried about the fact that they don’t own their own houses and even their cars are borrowed. “This is socialization, it’s important!”, they rationalize. “And besides, sushi is extremely yummy!”. […]
It can be pleasant to indulge in these things, and it sure is easy. But there’s another path available: the more difficult one.
Certain rare people live in the same society, and work the same jobs as the folks described above. […] They see that money is useful for spending, but even more useful as a tool for earning more money. So they train themselves to master finance, and hard work, and self discipline. And they figure out how to have just as much fun as the big spenders, while being sure to do it in a way that allows them to save at least 50-75% of their income. […]
Frugality is, quite obviously, the new Fanciness. The only reason to maintain a non-frugal lifestyle in the face of all this evidence, is if you’re too stubborn and stupid to accept it. […]
—— It wasn’t the actual nature of these products that made the situation fun, it was the fact that they felt close to each other as they joked about their latest purchases. ——
When [the Frugal] gather, they show off the way they have modified their 30-year-old work trucks to work harder than brand new ones while burning less fuel. They bring their home-made radios to the campsite and share tales and tips of how it was made using entirely leftover materials. They discuss strategies on how to feed a family with peak nutrition and deliciousness, for less than $1 per person per meal. And unlike those who compete to consume more, these people actually have something to be proud of – they are blazing the necessary path towards a sustainable life for everyone. […]
If you adopt a frugal lifestyle, you may occasionally have to endure some misguided shit from clueless consumers around you. […]
But you will also find you start getting some envying looks and respect from other people for your frugality skills. […]
But ironically, the same skills that will get you there, mean that you won’t give a shit what they are thinking.
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A selective excerpt from MMM:
could a man enjoy being awakened at 6.30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so.”
- Charles Bukowski
—…I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any. Hugh Laurie (via ihatenietzsche)
Zen Pencils Comic: 50. NEIL GAIMAN: Make good art
Some days this quote is what keeps me going.
Today, I will make good art-…citecture.
This has the potential to be huge. I’ll be keeping my eye on this :D
Released Late 2012
What the fuck wank is this?!
Yes you should! You should use Photoshop as often as you can. Be critical. Use it so much that you learn new techniques just out of curiosity. This inflated-ego-bullshit poster just deters people from using the medium. It’s like saying “just because you think you can draw, does not mean you should”. How will they get better?
What this sign should say is, “Just because you managed to use Photoshop, does not automatically make it good. Go learn more.”
So I just glanced through the linked page this came from and it’s clear to see the level of “design” this person engages with.
“Macs are better than PC’s.”
Oh really? I’m sorry, I didn’t know… God, all that time wasted on a PC - if only I realized sooner. I am a failure!
But seriously, on what ground is this judgement made? They look slick? They are part of a mildly useful, yet exclusified design-culture? Oh “Full stop”, so because you say so? That’s ok, I’ll just ignore the cost, compatibility and customization issues that lead to informed decisions and go get one right now!
Mayhaps make the poster say “Macs have a sexy design feel, as stock-standard, that will stimulate every process.”
Even though a well-managed PC can outperform it in every way, it certainly is not provided stock-standard. There is a lot of work involved in creating a good design-platform.
‘“Just come up with a quick few logos” is an oxymoron.’ I don’t think you fully grasp the meaning of oxymoron… but I can see this point belonging to a valid issue. However, making posters for your inability to handle a brief with conflicting interests is maybe not the best approach. It is easy to conceptualize “a quick few logos”. Just make your client aware of the design process and run him/her through your initial sketches. Do your sketches in front of them even with narration of how you consider every line and shadow. It might inform them and leave them with a better impression of the time it takes to design something well.
“Pantone, CMYK & RGB are not the same thing”… um, no shit. I have never heard, in my 5 years of study, about this being an issue. Here’s a brief model of what I’ve experienced so far:
- People who don’t know about the color settings: “I don’t know what that is.”
- People who know about the color settings: “Yeah, what of it.”
- People who are learning about the difference: “Yeah, I’ve noticed that, but right now I’m still getting used to using layers, I’ll figure out what it does later.”
And the thing about Comic Sans - look, most of the stock fonts are rubbish. Get off the Comic Sans band-wagon and address a new font to talk about, like Times New Roman and its horrible stigmatization with high school English essays.
… I’m done with this crap…
In conclusion I’d say these posters aren’t “Confessions of a Designer” or even “Quotes from the world of design”. This is perpetuation of the bitching and bullshit ego-wank that plagues the profession. This is nothing more than pub-talk for those who can’t come up with their own ideas.
[And just before you decide to wade through the shit blog that I have, to discredit my opinion; I warn you now that I am a pretty bad designer and still a student of design. Nothing I make is complete and everything I can complete in a semester with all its bureaucracy is usually stripped of any real design process. Also, I’m kind of over posting things on tumblr - so this is not a representation of my level of competence.]
Now, I don’t like getting into politics, but sometimes I get sick of seeing these double-standards being perpetuated.
I’m all for equality, but sometimes feminism gets side-tracked in its self-righteousness and starts exclaiming gender issues that don’t exist… (because let’s face it. We are pretty much equal already.) The issue this time, movies:
Apparently - white men who try to change the world, are tortured souls and just wish something would come into their life to give it some new fire, is a bad stereotype to belong to right now. Especially if you want to make a movie about the few actual feelings society lets you have. What are these feelings? Well, here is the plot:
An average guy meets a member of the opposite sex who will get them back on their feet and blow their mind, causing them to go on massive journeys of self-discovery.
It is clearly an unrealistic fantasy as this video is eager to point out. But if this plot sounds familiar, it’s probably because it is the basis of EVERY SINGLE ROMANTIC COMEDY EVER. Usually it’s the lonely career-driven female who fantasizes about their knight in shining armour to sacrifice everything so they can be together - an expectation that is not too far detached from the real-world version. So let’s just review the plot for females:
An average girl meets a member of the opposite sex who will get them back on their feet and blow their mind, causing them to go on massive journeys of self-discovery.
Well, THAT’s embarrassing. Not only is it exactly the same, it is the premise for at least twice the volume of female-oriented romantic comedies. But this is not the end of it:
This random man would have a foreign accent and sweep her off her feet with his mechanical skills, love of nature, musical talent and desire to marry her and settle down in a hill-side cabin. This female pipe-dream perpetuates the myth that all men are adventure-driven and enjoy being physically active. This romance is just as ridiculous as the male’s “I wish I could meet a daring and interesting female to liven things up”. Oh and the guy would look like some variation of this, 99% of the time:
So let’s just be clear:
This is not a male “objectifying thing”. This is not even a thing. It is a fantasy that guys can relate to - a film - a dream. It is the same dream girls have in excess.
Also, if you have a problem with the male Hollywood writers, MAYBE you should focus your energy into getting some intelligent female-written stories out there. I would love to see some more inspired female work - and less film about the charismatic handyman-romantic.
And in response to “So how about you stop using us as your muse and start writing us as real people.”
- “How about you stop making film about things females fantasize about? We are not hurting you any more than your shitty one-sided YouTube video is hurting us.”
Feminist Frequency - Tropes vs. Women: #1 The Manic Pixie Dream Girl
—Soren Kierkegaard. The same goes for design if you think about it. (via gregmelander)
—Thomas L. Friedman - on “that magic combination of cutting-edge higher education, government-funded research and immigration of high-I.Q. risk-takers. They are, in combination, America’s golden goose.” (via gregmelander)