don’t know why I didn’t just post the Kickstarter video, unlike last year’s informative video for the project, this year I just shouted unsolicited advice to strangers in soho and then put the grates’ “burn bridges” over the whole thing to make it less awkward
Recently an MCAD student sent over a questionnaire for a class assignment. It asked design professionals for advice to give to current students studying graphic design.
Having only recently graduated, I’m not in the best position of authority on this. I also know the feelings of disappointment…
Eric Hu is extremely fucking talented, and his real-world, no-bullshit advice is better than anything I’ve ever written here about similar subjects. I also like his perspective on exactly what a graphic designer is versus other related offshoots. Read this!
Was just digging through work to put together a single graphic of more illustrative pieces. I have to say, it’s been really interesting to see my aesthetics develop over time through my own tumblr archives. Thanks for being here, blog friends! O-K.
Anonymous asked: recently i've gotten a LOT of negative backlash from family members (mainly mom and grandma, but from other assorted fam. members as well) from choosing to do graphic design. I'm set on my plan but I constantly have people trying to dissuade me from pursuing something I'm extremely interested and set on doing. any advice on how to stay positive?
here’s the thing — half the time, you’ll earn a degree in one thing and do something else entirely. think about how many people graduate with fine arts degrees versus the number of full time career artists. it’s not just art, it’s everything. ultimately, what you choose to study does not define who you become.
if graphic design is literally the only thing you’re interested in, then maybe it’s the right choice. work hard, learn as much as you can and pick up additional skills like printmaking, web development, motion graphics, whatever is available and interesting. be the best graphic designer you can be, and then take all of that to your first, second, fifth jobs. do your best and hope for the best. that is literally life.
are there are career paths that are maybe more predictable and traditional? yes, i think so. i have friends who took other paths and landed into jobs immediately after graduation, or those who are on pretty standard med school tracks. those are probably great options and i hope that they will do, or continue to do, really well.
but i also know lots of people who earned degrees in one thing or another who aren’t actively doing anything related to what they studied. or aren’t actively doing anything at all, really. what you study doesn’t define you forever. you can always try, learn, and explore new things. life will surprise you, jobs will push you down different career paths, and you may find that you’re really good at, and enjoy, something you did not expect.
your family is worried about you because they know what we are just figuring out — that life is hard, that priorities and dreams change, and that nothing is guaranteed. they want you to have the best foundation possible so you can achieve everything they know you deserve. choose to be happy by doing something you know you love, but make them proud by being the fucking best at it.
Barbara Kruger’s never really talked about Supreme, the skate company who’s been ripping off her ideas and prints letter for letter, color for color, for their red-and-white logo, which you have seen, because it is everywhere.
I emailed her casually to ask her about this. And today, she got back to me, and gave a candid statement on the matter of Supreme for the first time, ever, really. By emailing me a blank email, with an attachment. Which you can see above.
I can’t believe it’s taken this long for Barbara Kruger to be asked about Supreme, but actually, why not, I am sure she does not normally concern herself with the aesthetics of snapback hats.