“Graphic design is no longer graphic design. Graphic design with all the new media is so fantastic, its a wonderful world you enter. On the other hand I am not jealous because finding your way now, in my opinion, is much more difficult than it was in my time.”— Wim Crouwel
When I was watching the royal wedding some weeks ago, I caught a glimpse of the cover of one of the books used in the service. It clearly looked “designed”. By chance I ran across the Church of England logo recently and was pleasantly surprised at the conceptual quality of the design. Previously I had always used Malcom Grear’s Presbyterian logotype and symbol as an example of nice religious design.
David Airey has more on the Grear design and links to other articles about it.
I searched for the designer of the CofE logo but could not find who designed it. However, I did run across the firm Rare Form in the UK which seems to do much of the printed matter.
Their web site makes it hard to do an image link but see some images of the CofE printed matter here.
“Young women have a clear discomfort mimicking their workaholic boomer moms, but those that had stay-at-home mothers don’t necessarily want that path either. Hewlett found that boomers’ black-or-white vision of work—opt in and go full throttle or opt out and never have a career—is too constricting a philosophy for Gen Y women. Instead, the youngest female workers tend to give equal emphasis to family and career.”
So, first, there’s Ctein’s (or Bob Nadler’s) “nobody cares how hard you worked.” Or didn’t work. What he’s saying by that is that sometimes you can make really outstanding photographs by working very, very hard at it—and sometimes, you can work really hard and have it come out a total bust anyway.
That’s not to say you should never work hard. All it means is that it’s not the extent of your effort that will determine the success of the result—it’s still the success of the photograph itself that matters.
and the same could be said of many things in life.
“The Bay Area must start prepping for the whens, not the ifs, of climate change - like building cooling centers for use during heat waves, propping up homes on stilts in flood-prone areas and even abandoning roadways vulnerable to sea-level rise, according to an influential urban policy organization.”
“A characteristic of artistic education is for people to tell you that you’re a genius. […] So everybody gets this idea, if you go to art school, that you’re really a genius. Sadly, it isn’t true. Genius occurs very rarely. So the real embarrassing issue about failure is your own acknowledgement that you’re not a genius, that you’re not as good as you thought you were. […] There’s only one solution: You must embrace failure. You must admit what is. You must find out what you’re capable of doing, and what you’re not capable of doing. That is the only way to deal with the issue of success and failure because otherwise you simply would never subject yourself to the possibility that you’re not as good as you want to be, hope to be, or as others think you are.”—
“There is a lot of overlap in science and design but, scientists more often than not wrongly assume design is decorative when it is mostly about functioning seamlessly around the eccentricities of the modern human brain and bringing clarity to complex environments the human is part of.”—J.M. Coates