Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I'll be honest here people. I've been in a funk. I've been feeling overwhelmed with work and uninspired. But I've been doing some reading and a few great quotes have me rethinking my process. Let me share one with you that I found on Fish Food (a really great blog!).
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through. ”
- Ira Glass
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Let me introduce you to my new obsession. Life + Times, an inspirational site by none other than Mr. Carter himself (Jay-Z for all of you not in the know). This site is Jay's accumulation of inspiration videos, audio, and interviews covering everything from design, travel, music, technology, and sports. Not only is this site addictive, but it has great content! Jay's interviews with artists and designers are insightful, and he picks people that have a little bit of that hip-hop edge. I think it's important to appreciate art and design from all fields, so have a look!
Below is a video from the site about Thunderdog Studios from Long Island, New York. Enjoy!
Also, you are welcome for that amazingly awful title. haha!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
If you've never heard of B.I.G. or Bjarke Ingels Group, I suggest you look that ish up!
BIG was originally founded by Bjarke Ingels in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has quickly become one of the most progressive and sought-after firms in the world. BIG takes contemporary architecture to the next level by incorporating ideas in social infrastructure and sustainable practices and producing buildings that may look a little crazy, but they work!
Below I have posted a video that BIG produced with Crane TV explaining his process behind their architectural manifesto graphic "comic book" and his ideas about why Yes is More.
"Historically, architecture has been dominated by two opposing extremes: an avant-garde full of crazy ideas, originating from philosophy or mysticism; and the well organized corporate consultants that build predictable and boring boxes of high standard. Architecture seems entrenched: naively utopian or petrifyingly pragmatic. We believe there is a third way between these diametric opposites: a pragmatic utopian architecture that creates socially, economically and environmentally perfect places as a practical objective. At BIG we are devoted to investing in the overlap between radical and reality. In all our actions we try to move the focus from the little details to the BIG picture."
I find his ideas of design fascinating. The idea of what one can create when only saying yes! Making even the craziest ideas work and work well. I also love his devotion to creating sustainable and multi-use environments and buildings that make people excited about design. All design should be happy! He makes a very important point at the end of the video. Ideas are meant to be shared and interpreted by others. This is the only way to make an idea great and to help it evolve! I sometimes am hesitant to share ideas with people thinking that I may "give away" my next big idea, but really, it's all just inspiring others to think.
Photo courtesy of TASCHEN.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Lets be completely honest here. I LOVE food. Pretty much all food, I don't discriminate. When I travel or visit a new place, I usually relate my experiences to the food that I ate and the people I was with when I was eating. And when I think of home, I think of the wonderful food from Bellingham restaurants, and my Mom's cooking!