Advice from Chuck Close

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

Via: We Are The Digital Kids
Image via: Contemporary Art and Artists


Judged by Their Covers

There's a new grocery store coming to Stamford called Fairway. According the ads I've seen, it sounds like the kind place for people who really care about food. That sounds great to me, but the ads at the train station don't communicate that same passion for food.

When creating/critiquing work I find it helps to try not pay attention to the meaning of the text, but instead to guess at its content and intended audience purely from evidence give by the graphic elements. In this case there's something about the chunky Dom Casual-esque font and the color scheme that seems closer to local mechanic or tire shop, and not—great place to find exotic foods you won't find elsewhere.


Design at Apple

“Design at Apple is at the highest level of the organization, led by Steve personally. Design at other companies is not there. It is buried down in the bureaucracy somewhere… In bureaucracies many people have the authority to say no, not the authority to say yes. So you end up with products with compromises.”

Taken from the interview: John Sculley On Steve Jobs


Now you know

Earlier this evening I was wondering what typeface Good Magazine uses for body copy. Rather than actually look at the text I did what all good Millennials do; I googled it. Unfortunately the results seemed to focus mostly on the logo typeface and not on the text inside the magazine. Now that I know the answer I thought I'd fill the void I found in my search.

The answer is Sabon, although feel free to correct me if you know otherwise.