"Learning to design is, first of all, learning to see. Designers see more, and more precisely. This is a blessing and a curse — once we have learned to see design, both good and bad, we cannot un-see. The downside is that the more you learn to see, the more you lose your “common” eye, the eye you design for. This can be frustrating for us designers when we work for a customer with a bad eye and strong opinions. But this is no justification for designer arrogance or eye-rolling. Part of our job is to make the invisible visible, to clearly express what we see, feel and do. You can‘t expect to sell what you can’t explain."
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’”
— Jack Kerouac, On the Road"
"Have fun. Skip class sometimes. Draw constantly. Read, but don’t only read design books. Be articulate. Design is inherently about communication, so be nice to people. Learn how to give constructive criticism. Be a decent human being. Take a bike ride. Drink a beer with friends. You won’t learn how to be a well-rounded person if you don’t get off the computer sometimes."
Thinking about Romans 12 tonight. It’s on my mind & my heart for some reason. I think that Jesus is in the green. He’s so good at that. Wanting to be there. I’m in a season right now where I’m learning what it means to live in the yellow. I think one of the greatest victories we can have is rejoicing with others in the things we do not yet have victory or breakthrough over in our own lives. When we can grasp that it is a beautiful thing.
Am I there yet? Not fully. It’s a choice every time. Sometimes it is painful. But it is worth it…because people were made to be celebrated. God looked at creation (that includes us) & He admired it & said that it was good! In the moment He created us He began to celebrate & admire us. It’s a beautiful thing.
I’ve had seasons in the past where God’s had me more in the blue. & I think sometimes that we ourselves are in a season of rejoicing & He asks us to mourn with someone. That can be a difficult place to be in when your heart is full of joy. But it’s worth it, because that’s where Jesus is.