The relationship between Design + Art - according to Milton Glaser

The purpose of Design is to accomplish an objective task. The purpose of Art is to help the mind understand what is real. Every once in a while, if we’re lucky and persistent, we stumble onto a solution that embodies both desires. What happiness!

The Border Bedazzlers

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.

Five phrases by Massimo Vignelli to live by

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:

  1. One life is too short for doing everything.
  2. We like design to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant and above all timeless.
  3. If you can design one thing, then you can design everything.
  4. If you do it right, it will last forever.
  5. The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.