Today, an "easy one," since I figure that (like myself) most of us are easing back into the working thing after the holidays and a light load last week.
At the AIGA conference, Stefan Sagmeister gave a speech about the year he closed his studio and did "design exploration." The projects were merely for himself, though they did yield a book eventually. Isn't it so convenient when that sort of thing happens?
One such project was environmental typography in the purest sense (using pieces of nature to create "mantras" he had hypothesized and thought true about his life.)
Here are some:
• "everything i do always comes back to me"
• "trying to look good limits my life"
• "everybody thinks they are right"
• "money does not make me happy"
• "thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. i have to live now"
• "complaining is silly. act or forget."
• "having guts always works out for me"
I found the phrases to be inspiring, and might try to reflect on a few of them during my daily encounters with what I like to call "stress buttons." I haven't come up with any such mantras for myself…but I do have some resolutions for 2006.
FRIDAY MEME: Serve em up - 2006 resolution(s)?
- Keep paying/stop using my credit cards
- Make daily CokeZero:Water ratio more like 2:8 instead of 4:1
- Stick my confidence and launch online store
- Be more optimistic about romance
- Don't lie, even the little "benders"
- Make eye contact