How to Work

Jul 03

“It’s trial and error, really. That’s better for me. Because, I know this is going to sound too modest or something, but I don’t know how to do anything. I don’t know how to play guitar, I don’t know how to do anything at all. I look at all things as tools. If you look at things as tools rather than something that you must learn, than you go about it in the right way. You go about it with soul and force and flow. If they are something more than tools to you, than you become burdened down by the history of what it is people expect. And frankly, I just don’t care about that stuff.” — Willis Earl Beal

Jun 12

“One must have a mind of winter” — Wallace Stevens

May 06

“If you reject work, you are not doing it properly. If you think work is exclusive of magic, you are not being creative enough. If you think work is exclusive of pleasure, you are old-fashioned. “Balance” only matters if you perceive the creative world in a binary of black and white…The impulse to work should be as unapologetic and immediate as the impulse to eat or to fuck.” — 032C’s ‘What We Believe: Work. Love. Politics.’

Apr 24

Anonymous said: Do you have a dream client / project ? If so, what would it be?

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I care more about who I work with, than who I’m working for, if that makes sense.

If my friends and I are on a project, it doesn’t matter to me what the client is. We’ll either have fun together or we’ll drunkenly complain about it together. Either way, I’ll be happy.

I’ve done work for cultural institutions and I’ve done work for corporate institutions. One isn’t inherently more enjoyable than the other to me. I’ve had fun in both and I’ve had shitty experiences with both. When I’m working on something, I’m more mindful of my present feelings and mood—which doesn’t really take cues from the bigger picture. It’s more dependent on my immediate surroundings and the exchanges i have.

So I guess my dream situation is a Judd Apatow lifestyle where when he decides he wants to make more money and be creative, he gathers his buddies together and makes it happen and everyone’s laughing the whole time.

I honestly think that’s healthier than projecting your hopes and dreams onto another business and allowing yourself to have your career driven by them.

Another thing I guess, is that I’m constantly making shit on my own with or without a client. I know the subjects, themes and interests I want to engage in. If a client happens to want that as well, then cool. If not, then pay my rent so I don’t have to worry about my rent and I can spend my nights and weekends freely making what I want to make. Either way, it’s going to happen—client or not so it’s not something I think about on a day to day basis.

Apr 21

You’re asking a guy who didn’t think of any individual strip or story line longer than it takes to read this sentence. I drew in a manic, sweat-flinging state of deadline panic EVERY week. Not most weeks. EVERY week. For ten years. I drew what occurred to me as I stared at the same blank strips I’d been watching for six days, and only because the plane that would deliver them to my syndicate editor was due to take off at 5:30 AM, about seven hours from that moment.

…This is not how a comic strip should be drawn. This is not how ANY deadline should be handled by any reasonable, conscientious, grown-up professional. But as I wasn’t, they weren’t. The flip side of that confessional coin is that Bloom County would not have been what it was—whatever it was—if I’d been that thing I just described. It was art and writing born of chaos. It was the poison the madness needed.

” — Berkley Breathed

Apr 20

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” — Jim Jarmusch

“I’m being given a little bit of credit now as being a viable collage artist, which some people think is ridiculous. Like this guy who said, “Wait a minute: You had an art show where you just cut out pictures and then glued them back together?” And I said, “Yeah, that’s pretty much what it is.” There’s more to it than that. It’s about having the eye for detail, moving things from one environment and reassembling them into new environments….Everyone can do it, but not everyone can do it well.” — Robert Pollard

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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