Do not ignore the humanity in front of your eyes.
I love PBS for it's focus on diversity and high-quality programs. From June 16th to July 31st, the 2014 Online Film Festival by PBS showcases several marvelous independent films. I was touched by the work showcased in this film, Border Bedazzlers, where a group of artists paint the Mexican-US border wall to bring in hope and diminish the pain erected by the presence of the border.
You can watch more of the documentaries in the film festival on PBS' website, vote on your favorite, and share them.
During the first months of my "formal" education in design, I was recommended to go to a viewing of during Design Week :: Portland. It was one of those life-altering moments watching the film. Although I had never seen Vignelli's designs until that evening, his style felt oddly familiar and intuitive. It made me feel more resolute in my decision to pursue graphic design.
A set of five posters were designed by Anthony Neil Dart (using Helvetica!) and originally ran in ADWEEK'S Talent Gallery several years ago. However, with his recent passing, they have resurfaced in the web. Take his words as a reminder to believe in yourself as an artist. We're human, and we need those reminders sometimes.
The five Vignelli phrases in Dart's set are:
- One life is too short for doing everything.
- We like design to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant and above all timeless.
- If you can design one thing, then you can design everything.
- If you do it right, it will last forever.
- The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.
Why don’t we spend more time telling stories about Portland that matter?
2010 Interview with artist Henry Frison in front of the site of his mural, as part of the Albina Mural Project at Alberta St and Vancouver Ave. Produced by In the Can Productions, in conjunction with Know Your City (formerly the Dill Pickle Club).