The inspiration for this post came from Mitch Goldstein — who posted a few days ago a call to designers to share thoughts with soon-to-graduate students (read the thread on Twitter, some of the answers are insightful and smart):
I left the Academy of Arts 25 years ago and I…
Here’s my predicament:
On one hand, I do appreciate — after more than 25 years of design practice — a beautiful, well-crafted website. I can get really envious (because my websites are always put together in a hurry) when I see beautiful typography systems, with well-paired typefaces and generous white…
Everyone has a favorite definition of design — mine is Victor Papanek’s:
Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.
— Victor Papanek
Meaningful order refers, for me, not only to • expressive order in layers of symbolism, • aesthetically satisfying order in shape and rhythm or •…
“The future is already here,” says Mr. Gibson, “it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Pure brilliance, of course, but reverse-engineer it and this holds equally true when observing the past: spotty and unevenly mapped, yet very much still here, solidified into time-glaciers receded into the crevices of Hong Kong like some sort of time-fjords of past one can navigate equipped with only a good pair of sneakers as a powerful time machine.
The estrangement, the strong dark shadows and the surreal 23-letter sign — where is De Chirico when you need him? After jumpstarting the “illusionist” surrealism for Dali, Ernst, Tanguy and Magritte with his oneiric pittura metafisica, De Chirico suddenly went batshit crazy at 30, pretending he’s a Titian-league classicist. He was very far from it, but believed he got better as he got older.
Aren’t we all?
There are the 12 usual signs of the zodiac, of course — Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and, finally, Pisces — and little did I know about the other, hidden signs. The incomprehensible, mysterious ones, carried by chosen people living eternal lives in the oldest cities of the world.
Then, one day, I met a man born under the sign of The Dark Side of the Moon.