How to Work

Mar 24

We are all quick to judge something, we do it by nature. Judging something on a surface level is not using informed ‘critical thinking,’ it is just being a critic. I like to think if we can use critical thinking with facts, we can come up with constructive criticism. But before we jump to that we need to think about a lot of things when it comes to a rebrand. Here are a couple…

Did you read and understand the Statement of Work? Did you sit in the meetings where the company unveiled their new direction and objectives? Did you hear their long term goals? Did you talk with them about it and question some of their motives? Did you strategize hundreds of ideas where they company could go? Did you present these ideas? How did the presentation go? Did you work a month or a year on building the project? Did you do many rounds of reviews? Were you able to relate with the client and did they understand visual language? Did they really want something unique? Was there mutual respect? Was there a change in direction? Was the company able to pull off the branding visually after you handed off the work? Did the design and language around the mark communicate and express their vision? When you were finished, did the work express where they wanted to go?…

” — Michael Cina on Critiques

Mar 21

“I feel like it’s all part of this new culture that’s been bubbling for the last, like, 15 to 20 years: Wanting to create a future that breaks down the barriers of the past,” Adler said. “I mean, it’s not about wearing suits and it’s certainly not about some overly structured Casual Friday. It’s about work and life, the lines being blurred between those two things. It’s about hanging out at the office because you want to, or going for a bike ride because you actually like the people you work with.” — Charles Adler

Dec 20

Letter from Steve Albini to Nirvana Prior To Recording In Utero

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“You know how much of this shit you’ll be doing in ten years? None of it. Remember: everything dies. Enjoy it.” — Mike Monteiro (via brightbrightgreat)

Nov 26

“I’m blessed with the ability to work and I do it as much as I can…There is no time to waste. If I’m not working or eating or fucking, I am sleeping. There is nothing else.” — Tom Sachs

Nov 17

“Good taste and frugality are the enemies of creativity” — Pablo Picasso

Sep 11

“He doesn’t go out. They don’t, like, go to their friends’ houses. They used to. All of my dad’s friends just come to him. So, if the restaurant’s not there, it’s not like he’s lost his job or his business, it’s like he’s lost his life.” — Charlie Shopsin (via fairtradegothic)

Aug 18

“…As he sees it, he doesn’t have a career at all, just interesting endeavors that keep him engaged and occupied.” — NYT piece on James Truman

Jul 31

“Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT” — Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse via outerstace

“Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool…And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant [sic] approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end” You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!” — Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse via outerstace