30 for 30 did a fantastic documentary about Bo Jackson. As I was watching the documentary, the design fanboy in me found myself taking screen shots of the illustrations and typography. After the doc I had to find out who the hell was behind these amazing illustrations and designs. The illustrator is a familiar Grantland contributor Mick Duzyj and the Agency is Doubleday & Cartwright.
I always take some time before the end of the year to reflect upon what I did this last year. Check off the things I accomplished and take stock of the things that I did right and wrong so next year can be a better one. I was sifting through old notes and I wrote down on a Post-it – Don’t Bail. I remember quickly transcribing these words as I was watching Randy Pausch’s talk. Among the other points he made that specific one struck a cord inside of me. He was so thankful about life even as he nears the end of his life. I think it’s good to be able to be moved, and be influenced in life. I tell myself that if I’m not growing and changing all the time, then I am are by all means standing still. I find these words moving still as I rewatched parts of it today. If you haven’t seen the talk I would highly recommend it to anyone. Watch for the head fake at the end.
– Don’t bail, the best gold is at the bottom of the barrels of crap.
– Feed back loop + listen to it. listen to feed back and have gratitude.
– Show gratitude.
– Don’t complain, work harder.
– Work hard.
– No one is all evil – find the best in everybody.
– Be prepared – luck is where preparation meets opportunity
– How to lead your life…
– Lead your life the right way. the karma will take care of it self. the dreams will come to you.
– Never give up… there’s always another way around. if it’s not this road… there are other roads to find… you just need to want it bad enough. be daring there are doors that you might not even know existed. ask questions!
– Be good at something, it makes you valuable.
Reunion of one of the best sitcoms to only have 1 season. One of the best casts on tv. One of my favorite shows.
I should have posted this earlier. Dikembe is making a come back.
Found this article though a advertising friend of mine. The gist of what I got from this article is that in order to be a good creative you need to be great at other things as well. The craft of writing and designing the work is just as important as the idea. If you have a great idea and you can’t execute it then it’s only half the game. I stole that one from Kyle Cooper. He said not only do you have to come up with the ideas you have to get your “hand” into it. In this age of digital creation where playing field is leveled by the software everyone uses, the thing that will make your work different is you as a person.
“In my experience, the most successful creative agencies are the ones with the most diverse set of weird people. The web designer who moonlights as a furniture maker. The copywriter who started life as a children’s book author. Musicians, craftsman, game designers, the passionate and the obsessive … these are the people we want filling our creative departments. People for whom “concepting” is a constant state of mind. Kids who grew up studying comic books and albums sleeves, not award annuals.
Ultimately, change is in our hands. If we prize craft above all else, we can continue to be proud of the quality of work we put out into the world. And if we focus on developing our young talent once they’re in, there’s no doubt they’ll shoulder in the next generation of great ideas, big and small.”
Sanam Petri is an associate creative director at R/GA London. She talks about how it’s important to not only be the one that is able to come up with the great ideas but it’s also be able to execute it. The devil is in the details.
Life, by Eva Zeisel (1950)
It’s Life you are living
and life is here.
It’s not sometime later,
it’s now, Jeannie dear.
It’s not a road
with beginning and end.
It leads not anywhere,
it’s the time you spend.
It’s life when the sun shines,
it’s life when it rains,
not where you are going,
but riding the trains.
Life is not a stamp collection
with glimpses of the past.
Life is in the present tense,
the memory while it lasts.
The cloud that hurries gently by,
the bunnies funny leaps,
if you hug them with your eye,
belong to you for keeps.
Don’t think that once will come a day
when all’l be rich and smart
and laughter will be here to stay,
and then real life will start.
Between the not yet gilded past
and the time for which we strive
lies, unnoticed and not to last,
the moment which is life.
“The definition of hope is you still believe, even when it’s hard.” This is truly a touching moment when Obama talks about how proud he is of his campaign team.
Eliot Rausch’s images coupled with Charlie Kaufman’s audio track is powerful and unexpected.