March 20th, 2009
Expo 67, originally known as The 1967 International and Universal Exposition, was the World’s Fair held in Montreal, Canada. It is considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century. The design and innovation was outstanding; see the large scope of designs here.
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February 4th, 2009
In my recent post from a few days ago, I asked all of you to voice your opinion on some photos pulled from the shot bag. There are a handful of lengthy comments as well as some short comments but there are some valid points being made. The feedback window is still open so take the chance to voice your short creative analysis–comment here–it helps and is greatly appreciated. After reading the comments I came across the word inspiration.
People often wonder what and who inspires creative folk the most.
Personally, I love to ask and to tell. I’m often curious to understand how the creative people whom we look up to, get inspired and how to apply it to the work we do. Just recently I was asked to name a few people who are of inspiration to me. I just began rambling off names of my most recent sources of designspiration…Chase Jarvis, Ffffound.com, Scott Hansen, Shepard Fairey, David Carson…whoa wait, let’s back up here. I named David Carson and I’m not even that big of a fan of his work.
For those who don’t know, David Carson is a graphic designer whose work is very subjective and experimental. My first glance at Carson’s work was quick and right to the point. I didn’t love it–I wasn’t inspired, in fact it was the furthest thing from inspiration for me. I first felt was a crock and didn’t understand how someone could be inspired by his work. That to me suggests that when I was first introduced to Carson’s work, I was not given an insight to what others felt was the inspiration for them to like the work. They simply skimmed the surface by saying a name and proceeding to show the artwork. Month’s later, by chance I came across the video posted above where Carson talks about design in a very open and humorous fashion. Note: He minimally shows his work throughout the piece.
I now see him as an inspiration, but why?
Carson’s work is not the reason behind the inspiration. It’s his willingness to talk of how he discovers design; it’s his humor that I find inspiration in. This is the most important thing to understand when trying to find inspiration through someone else or when told an inspiration that someone speaks so passionately about yet you disagree. Find out just why they’re an inspiration for that person–it could be something truly interesting.
December 11th, 2008
The first time listening to this talk by Malcolm Gladwell at the 2008 AIGA Business Design Conference was eye opening. The first few minutes of the video pulled me in as Josh Liberson steps onto the stage, introduces himself, and then proceeds to tell us of how Malcolm knows nothing of design. Malcolm then comes to the stage and starts speaking about Fleetwood Mac–I’d never heard of the band at this point–and I began to wonder where he was going with the topic.
It’s not until the second and third time listening in that you’ll really start to process what Malcolm is saying and how to apply it. So lets back up and look at his points main points:
Dedicate at least 10,000 hours to whatever it is you’re trying to master.
Only 10,000 hours? Well, yes. If you look at the time it takes to master something, it takes about 10,000 hours–that’s roughly four hours a day for ten years. It’s not to say that creativity and mastership of a profession can’t be had overnight or in a shorter period of time, but it just doesn’t happen for most people unless they’re solving a problem that can be summed up that simply.
Malcolm then goes on to say that the choice of profession is not trivial–I agree. The example that Malcolm uses is that if you decide to be a teacher, being a great teacher is not something that simply happens. It is something that comes out of an investment of your time (10,000 hours) and the things you’re a part of. You can’t just walk in and become a teacher and be great at it. It simply doesn’t work like that. The same goes for being a designer, photographer, or a profession in any other field. It takes time to learn and and develop each of the creative tasks and then solve them.
Additionally, someone could invest a large amount of time to a profession and still be terrible. You have to take into account the quality of the time and the underlying intent for spending that time.
Here is the link to the video again as well as a transcript of it word-for-word so you can gather more information from his enlightening talk.