Category Archives: Someone Once Said…

Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

— Thomas Edison

Read ‘opportunity’ as ‘success’. Want to be successful (in term of business)? Work your tail off and be talented, rinse and repeat. Don’t expect ‘success’ over night. Gary Vaynerchuk sums it up nicely in the video below.

Leafing through an old magazine, I noticed a small ad about a design course by mail. The headline read, “Art for pleasure and profit!” I have never found a better definition to describe my profession. Of course, at times it is more the pleasure and less the profit, at times the contrary. But if one of the components were missing, design wouldn’t exist.

—Carlo Angelini

Definitely agree. The French phrase ‘l’art pour l’art’ which means ‘art for art’s sake’ does not apply to design. To design for design’s sake is really to not create design at all. Design is created for a specific audience with a specific goal in mind. Without an audience or goal, design is no longer design, but just art. Art doesn’t have to communicate to a specific audience like design does.

Your thoughts?

Babe Ruth was a Home Run king but he was also a strike out king. Always go for the fences, even if it means some designs strike out with clients. That’s the only way to hit a home run.

Alex Zevallos

A person tends to critique a design in one of several ways. The most common, and usually least valuable, is by gut reaction.

D. Keith Robinson

I totally agree here. I remember back when I interned at Workbench Magazine (now My Home My Style) and the Assistant Art Director, Doug Appleby would critique the magazine spreads I designed. Note: I would get his advice and critiques multiple times a day. He would always look at it for a minute or two before even saying a word. I believe he was really analyzing what I designed and what he thinks of it, instead of just saying his gut reaction.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.

— Aristotle

Good art inspires; Good design motivates.

— Otl Aicher

To add to this:

I believe good art communicates the message you want to hear (you interpret the painting/sculpture/etc), but good design communicates the message the designer wanted you to hear (the designer has interpreted the message and conveyed it to you).

Well done is better than well said.

— Benjamin Franklin

The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.

— Jessica Hische

Graphic design has been likened to a wine glass. When we drink wine we barely notice the glass it’s served in. It wouldn’t be true to say that we don’t care what glass we drink out of – we wouldn’t choose to drink a rare vintage out of a Tupperware mug, for example – but it’s the wine that matters, not the vessel it comes in.

— Adrian Shaughnessy (from this great article)

When you’re passionate about what you do, you become an evangelist for that very thing.

—Jonathan Snook