simmering

  • Seems like it's all questions these days...

    Does design have to be tied to consumerism?

    Does design matter? What do I even mean by design?

    How can the skills we learn as designers/thinkers/livers help us and others:
    1. Engage with one another meaningfully
    2. Live conciously and fully as humans on this earth 
    3. Untangle and disassemble barriers we've put up between and around ourselves
    4. Inspire moments of glory and beauty and thoughtfulness

    What does this mean for me in Portland?

    What do I need to change to make sure my work/life is doing these things?

    Oh, and some moments of lovliness this week:
    Seeing newfound friends in our neighborhood after our block party last weekend.
    Visiting artists running a letterpress shop in the basement of the YU building.
    Meeting a band of four nomadic hippies playing Eastern European folk music at the farmer's market.
    Farmers market. Strawberries. Blueberries.
    Finding a public bike pump in the open foyer of West End Bikes.
    Being spontaneously invited by a neighbor to a 24-hour interfaith chant/sing for peace. 
    Making an entirely homegrown, made from scratch dinner. 

     

  • Self-concious post #1

    I don't get internet fame. What does it mean? What does it have to do with quality of life? How do they make all that stuff and write/tweet/fb/instagram/blog/create online buzz about it? Do they have time for a garden? Do you have to be a blabby know-it-all who can talk about yourself incessantly? AAARRRGH!!!

    All this pretty shit. What does it mean? What does it do? Is it possible to have too many pretty things?(Screenprints, ephemera, hand rendered type, blah, blah...)

    I need to draw more.

    How do real cyclists get such huge calf muscles? It's really unreal.

    Do I need to post this little note to myself on facebook in order to get internet fame? Yeah, maybe. But that seems so obnoxious. I was just going to email it to myself. But what good does that do for anyone?

    Doubt.

    I bet if this was handwritten, I'd get internet fame. Cha-ching.

    Smarmy.

  • The school of Ira Glass

    "What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me...is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

    "But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

    "It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."

    —Ira Glass (full clip here)