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This is What Graphic Design is Now

“This is what graphic design is now”. Bobby doing the Lord’s work collecting some of the recent trend — blobby flora colorfully nuzzling tasteful serifs. There’s no reason trends like this can’t be 100% AI-generated. (Best comment goes to “Bruh that’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”) Other relevant references: Matisse cutouts and Marleigh Culver

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

My design crush on Barbara Stauffacher Solomon is super-sized.

On Fighting the Good Fight

Thwart institutional cowardice.

Werner Herzog

How to Dunk on a Design Leadership Job When You Apply

I’ve been running my design studio full-time for more than two years now, but about once a year I get an itch to see what’s out there.

Is there some opportunity worth trading away the freedom and independence I enjoy now? Some grand scheme, perfect role, or giant payday? Or, like, non-terrible health insurance? Sometimes it’s good to look, even if you’re enjoying what you do.

The Itch & The Pitch

Last year the itch hit me in March. After a great first year in business, the studio had a slow start on year two. We bid a couple of large scale multi-disciplinary projects, but didn’t get either. Left with some free time, I dove into side projects, and started lazily poking around the job boards. And then, surprisingly, one caught my eye. 

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Women Who Design

If you’ve ever thought, “I’d love to have more diversity on our team, but I just don’t know any women designers” you should bookmark the excellent womenwho.design and fix that problem.

On What Songs Hold

A song is a container for empathy.

Abigail Washburn

Roma Cinematography

I was caught off guard by the magical cinematography in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma.

Live Quiet, Mind Your Biz, Work Hard

There’s this wonderful little verse tucked in the middle of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the churches in Thessalonica:

[A]spire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands…

1 Thessalonians 4:11

Paul likely wrote this letter around 52AD, but it feels more relevant and important to me now. Between always-on social media, the 24/7 news cycle, tech culture’s hustle ethos, and the literal tiny hell rectangles in everyone’s pocket, aspiring to live quietly, keep to yourself, and focus on working with what’s in front of you sounds downright quaint. And simultaneously revolutionary.

The second part of Paul’s exhortation is more practical:

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On the Competitive Advantage of Being Yourself

Just be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

If you can be yourself on stage, nobody else can be you and you have the law of supply and demand covered.

Bill Hicks