Posts tagged ‘inspiration’
Large areas of available space are certainly few and far between in New York City, particularly in Manhattan. So PopTech’s Dan Barasch and RAAD’s James Ramsey are proposing to create a public green space underneath the street, complete with natural light carried down through fiber optic cables. In theory, this light would maintain photosynthesizing abilities, so common plants would be able to grow in the underground space.
The proposed project would be an adaptive reuse of the abandoned Williamsburg Trolley Terminal underneath Delancey Street in the Lower East Side. The project is being called the Delancey Underground or, in contrast to Chelsea’s elevated park, the Low Line.
This idea is fairly mind-blowing to me, and I find myself to be simultaneously skeptical, intrigued, and very inspired. Luckily it seems like there’s an awful lot of supporters out there; the Low Line’s Kickstarter campaign earned a third of its target amount in three days (and has 437 backers at the time of writing). I’m sure that the really well done video has helped, too.
Want to learn more? In addition to visiting the project’s website and Kickstarter page, you can check out the unbelievable amount of press coverage including Inhabitat, Architizer, Treehugger, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and Co.Design among others.
Feb 24’s daily design idea is: Co.Design notes that this is “the kind of space that childhood daydreams are made of.” Can a realized version of the Low Line live up to the daydream? And even if so, should some creative proposals be intentionally unrealized to preserve the awe that they inspire?
Tonight I had the pleasure of visiting Pentagram through the Architectural League’s “Drinks With A Designer” series. The event allowed for some casual and wonderful one-on-one conversation with design stars like Michael Bierut and Paula Scher. While chatting with Paula, she offered a solid piece of advice (per usual): “The work needs to get out of your head and on to the table, and it needs to be done from the heart.” My somewhat tongue-in-cheek response was that this was the kind of quote that should be on a T-shirt. To which Paula Scher, one of my design idols, replied “Well, you should design it.”
So Paula (and readers), here are four very simple T-shirt designs done at CustomInk.com and based on work by Paula Scher herself. Let me know your thoughts… and maybe I’ll do another round of designs, outsource the project to a more experienced T-shirt designer (or type setter), and/or even have some made. As is, these shirts would be about $20 each.
My font choice is based on a random interview that I found, which identified Accident Grotesque as Paula Scher’s favorite typeface (update: a reader pointed out that this is likely a misprint that should have instead been “Akzidenz Grotesk” – this is a much more logical answer and will be incorporated in any re-designs of the shirts). Not sure if it’s true or not, but I wanted the font to be inspired by Paula. The lettering on these t-shirts is the closest I could get with CustomInk.
March 22’s daily design idea is Paula Scher’s quote: “The work needs to get out of your head and on to the table, and it needs to be done from the heart.“
#1 WORK HARD
John C Jay’s second bit of advice (out of of ten) is “Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from the effort.” This includes everything from proofreading your resume to making your content as compelling as the eye-catching packaging in which you put it. Jay even concludes his top ten by saying that “[working harder than anyone else] is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.”
#2 DO YOUR RESEARCH
Do research on: yourself (potential employers and clients are already doing it); the people you want to work for and with; the audience you want to have for your work; your competitors (to figure out how and why they’re doing better than you); and the history of your industry (so that you know, among other important things, how to advance it). Yes, this is a lot of hard work (#1). Yes, you will definitely see a return on the investment.
#3 BE YOUR OWN DESIGNER
Doing your research (#2), will provide the context and the confidence for moving forward independently. Doug Bartow offers that we should “observe trends (then avoid them),” i.e. get a strong understanding of existing work in order to inspire new work not simply inspire clones. A unique gut instinct (grounded in research) is an incredibly competitive asset. Or in Jay’s words, “instinct and intuition are all-powerful. Learn to trust them.”
#4A TAKE RISKS…
Some of the best research (#2) and self-discovery (#3) happens when you’re outside of your comfort zone. Whether it’s traveling somewhere you’ve never been, actively seeking out critical feedback, or simply having a willingness to make mistakes, the state of being open to the unknown will help you learn and grow. In Mitch Goldstein’s words, “Truly great, interesting, inspiring design comes not from comfort but from discomfort.”
#4B …EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO BAD CLIENTS
“Try not to work for stupid people or you’ll soon become one of them” warns Jay. “Learn to say ‘No’… [and] know when to walk away from an impending train wreck” writes Bartow. And “once you find a good client, never let them go” advises Michael Bierut. Enough said.
#5 WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
It’s always good to give back to the world that you’ve benefited from, whether it’s helping specific people or sharing your ideas abstract audiences. Examples include writing a blog (Bartow’s #8 thing is Be a Design Author – woot!) and teaching or mentoring a colleague. “The Golden Rule actually works,” writes Jay.
March 9’s daily design idea is what’s the best professionally-related advice you’ve ever received?
“Our primary problem isn’t to encourage innovation,
because people are going to innovate anyway.
Because it’s fun.
It’s why you get up in the morning.”
Yesterday Creative Boom, “an online magazine and network community that aims to celebrate, inspire and support the creative industries throughout the UK,” posted “50 of the best websites for daily inspiration.” The list includes a variety of creative topics “from print and web design to interiors, handmade/crafts, illustration and arts.” As an aspirational best-website-for-daily-inspiration, I obviously sat up and took notice.
And I also want to share a handful of sites from Creative Boom’s list that I’ll be checking out more in the future (a few of which were already creeping towards blog roll status):
Share Some Candy
and, of course, Creative Boom
December 19’s daily design idea is inspiration is best when shared, especially since “everyone needs a daily dose of inspiration to get their creative juices flowing.”
Re-blogged from GOOD.
Originally posted October 17, 2010.
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Yeah, it would be awesome if you could quit your job and dedicate yourself full time to that online museum you’ve been talking about for years, but realistically, you tell yourself, you need a steady paycheck. True, but that’s not a good reason not to do something you absolutely love and believe in. Whether it’s writing a book, starting a web site, building a shed, or growing that herb garden, you take on a passion project because you want to, for your own enjoyment—and that’s why it’s the first thing to go when time feels tight. We’re wired to train our gaze on our obligations to others. The key to finally doing the thing you always said you wanted to do is committing to it (and committing to yourself) in very practical ways.
>> learn how after the jump