Wondrous Work, Pt.II

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

When I work, I usually like to listen to something to help me stay focused, be it music, podcasts or interviews. Recently I’ve been listening to the latest editions of Design Matters with Debbie Millman on Design Observer. These are a great way for me to stay inspired when I have to get down to nitty-gritty work like updating spreadsheets or reviewing product descriptions. Two of my recent favorites are the interviews with Marian Bantjes and Tina Roth Eisenberg.

Earlier this week I raved about how much I loved the new book “I Wonder,” by Marian Bantjes, so it’s only suiting that I know tell you about her interview. I know you get it, I think she’s awesome. (Which you’re right, she is!) But what I wanted to point out to you, my faithful readers, is a specific part of the interview.

“I am not a doodler.”

I have to say, I have struggled with not being a doodler for quite some time. While I was in college working towards my B.F.A. I felt like everyone else in the program could just sit down with a pen and draw stuff. While I love to see other people’s doodles scrawled across a piece of paper available, I have never felt that inclination. When I create, it is always for a purpose. I sketch because there is a visual solution I need to find using my hands; I make prints because I have a creative urge that needs to be fulfilled. I was not built with the desire to doodle all over my notes during a meeting. Until this interview I thought I was the only person with this “affliction.” Now I know, there is at least one other non-doodling creative person out there just like me.

Wondrous Work, Pt.I

November 17, 2010 § 1 Comment

I rarely place an order online for anything other than a new, or slightly used, book. Though I truly love to visit bookstores, I rarely end up actually purchasing a book. I love to go, grab a coffee and quietly enjoy being in the presence of other book lovers such as myself. Being an avid bargain hunter, I can’t help but be in favor of buying books where they’re cheapest – online. That being said, there is always a sense of apprehension when I order anything off Amazon or Abe books. Will it get damaged in the mail? Is it the editionĀ I really wanted? Did I wait this long for a book I don’t really like? I wait in a state of slight anxiety until I get that package on my doorstep.

Needless to say, when I received my copy of “I Wonder” by Marian Bantjes, the thrill of seeing that lovely book in my hands was well worth the anxiety. There have been dozens of posts praising the beauty of this book, and I can’t help but add my voice to the mix. “I Wonder” is truly a work of art. With its gold foiled stamped cover, beautifully printed interior and a trove of inspirational design, the book is a treasure to behold.

And right now, I plan on perusing my gorgeous copy. Later this week I’ll tell you know what Part II is all about, so stay tuned!

Back to the future!

November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

That’s right, it’s time for me to start writing again. It’s been quite the hiatus, but really, can you blame me? I tried to keep up with the blog after graduation and starting my full-time job; but as we all know that didn’t turn out so well. So after a couple of months of getting a full night’s sleep (who knew that even existed anymore?), reading a whole pile of books and enjoying the beautiful summer and fall weather, I’m back and ready to roll.

As a celebration of my return to blogging and the return of snow to Albany streets, enjoy this clip about designing the agency Holiday invitation. Do you expect anything less from good old Charlie Brown?

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