Design vs Art

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“…imagination has to be tamed to serve a practical purpose. Otherwise, it’s art. Art is a blue-sky venture. Design is a planned activity with specific goals.”

Jovan Rocanov

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If you could redesign covers of books you’ve read

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As a personal project (unpublished) graphic designer Jenny Volvovski redesigned covers for books she has read. And if you want to see the covers of books she designed but did not read check out her design agency ALSO here.

Leave safety behind

Posted by on Feb 1, 2021 in Abso-effing-lutely, Ipso Fabulous | No Comments

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Maggie Kuhn was an American activist known for founding the Gray Panthers movement, after she was forced to retire from her job at the then-mandatory retirement age of 65.

“Leave safety behind. Put your body on the line. Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind — even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants. And do your homework.”
— Maggie Kuhn

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The best lesson of high school

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My favorite excerpt from Seth Godin’s writing on “The persistence of hierarchy and status roles” is this:

The best lesson of high school might be that everyone has a noise in their heads, everyone feels uncomfortable and everyone would appreciate a little kindness and respect.

Amen to that!

Read the full article here, which by the way, begins with an anecdote about the indi band REM.

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Looking for lessons and learning

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Regard everyone you meet, from barbers to luminaries, as potential teammates.

The original resilience machine

Posted by on Dec 18, 2020 in Abso-effing-lutely, Creatives I admire | No Comments

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Ah yes. I remember it well. Makes me a bit sad how true this statement is:

The internet was originally designed as a resilience machine, designed to heal itself and work around interruptions. And the essence of it was a distributed, peer-to-peer network that worked precisely because it was open. As data is hoarded, manipulated and monetized, that original intent has been turned upside down. ~ Seth Godin

Read the full article here >>