Working on a new word that more accurately describes the stuff I do. I seem to fall somewhere between advertising and design. Designed, but not too designy or designerly. Idea driven, but not entirely verbal; you have to be able to describe it before you visualize it. The lines between the two have always been a bit blurry. Kind of like trying to explain the difference between and Art Director and a Designer to your mother.

2017.05.07 links

Creative Careers Demand Reinvention
We are what we do. Until the guillotine drops and we have to become our next best self, an equally terrifying and exhilarating prospect.

A Portrait of I. M. Pei at (Nearly) 100

The Secret to Achieving True Work-Life Balance? Minimizing Choice
Simplify your work and life for maximum mental well-being

Creative director, studio founder and lecturer Craig Oldham’s Creative Lives

Hear the New ‘Tagline‘ on Inspiring Creativity, With Dan Lin, Mike Sheldon and Michael Beneville

Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller
Expertly telling your story is the best kind of organic marketing you can do to promote your art because people care almost as deeply about how you create, as they do about the end product.

His Holiness Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Proof That Design Is Good For Business, In 8 Statistics
Design is being severely underutilized by manufacturers, according to the National Endowment for the Arts.

2017.04.29 links

A brief visual history of Studio Ghibli

What a Copyeditor Earns, 2017

Giovanni Pintori Research
I stumbled on to this site. Glad I did; reminds me why I love design.

STUDIO SENSE

Sean Adams
These Moxie guys have a great site. Love the interviews.

The Pope Francis TED Talk Quote That Could Save Your Business

Audi has a fabulous style guide/brand identity site.

What’s in a Name: How The Title “Art Director” Limits the Role of Design in Publishing

At 60, Mark Monteiro Is Thriving in the Youth-Centric Ad World by Avoiding the Temptation to Live in the Past

How to Stay Relevant as a Graphic Designer Today

35 Books Every Designer Should Read

The Incredible Ways Running Changes Your Brain, According to Science

Why copywriters and creatives need to be critics too

75 Resources for Writing Incredible Copy that Converts

Origin Story, Part 1

As a child of the 70s, there were many outside influences that had a tremendous impact on me that only until recently have I comet to realize to what depth.

When I was a kid I was quite sickly, suffering from allergies and asthma like no one’s business. Living in Houston, Texas did not help matters, as year-round pretty something from every season triggered problems. Needless to say, I missed a fair amount of school. I don’t remember much of first grade, or 2nd for that matter.

What I do remember most from that time is television and comic books, things that kept my mind busy and entertained since there was little else I could do. Laying on the sofa with big stacks of comics I would read and reread. Most of those books are permanently committed to memory, as demonstrated when I watch an Avengers or X-Men movie with my family and know the plot line before anyone else.

 

 

But television was the other constant companion. Captain Kangaroo when I was younger. Also Watergate, Viet Nam and Apollo missions. I dreamt about living in SkyLab, until it fell out of orbit and crashed in Australia.

But one of the shows I am convinced had a huge impact on my life was The Price is Right. I religiously watched it when I was home convalescing, and over summer breaks before heading out to the neighborhood pool for a swim. I know that part of the attraction was pretty girls parading around in bikinis while Bob Barker led contestants through ridiculous games.

 

 

Looking back the show, what amazes me is at its core, The Price is Right is some of the most brilliant advertising ever conceived. Consumer bloodsport. The contestants would come to blows if necessary to win a can of Turtle Wax. All their hopes and dreams were wrapped up in that new blender or matching set of luggage. Life or death hinged on the careful analysis of the price of an AMC Pacer.

I can remember more of The Price is Right than I can kindergarten. This explains a lot.