Friday, February 22, 2008

other people's inspirational thoughts on design- quotes, we all love 'em.

I gathered most of these quotes from a design book I purchased about a year ago that I look at for inspiration often called, "Layout Workbook: a real-world guide to building pages in graphic design" by Kristin Culen. The book's own layout design is extraordinary in and of itself but the way it is organized with helpful information and thoughts on design, is even greater! It covers everything from what the function of design is, to the process, to typography..everything, really. It's awesome, to say the least. I am in awe at how every single page is it's own work of art. I am blown away at the idea of how long it must have taken to immaculately design 240 pages.

Anyway, on to the quotes or what I like to call "tiny vessels of infinite volume"


on Function:

"To design is to transform prose into poetry" ~ Paul Rand

"To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse." ~Paul Rand

on Discovering Inspiration:

"I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else." ~Pablo Picasso

on Process:

"The recognition of the value of journey, as opposed to the imagined value points of ending, informs the idea of process." ~TOMATO: london-based art collective (which is really cool. all should check it out.

on Analysis:

"Form follows function- that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union." ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday, February 4, 2008

found and collected

I came across this artist on Friday, Mari Andrews. I really love her installations of the things she collects. It is similar to something I have recently started. I have started collecting old boxes that can be used to display miniatures and such. I have a few displayed in my house now. I use the smaller cubby holes or shelves in the boxes to display objects I have found and been collecting for a few years. So far it is mostly found objects from nature, such as fossils, pods, seeds, shells, and anything that has cool patterns, markings or perfect organic shapes. Although I will eventually have a series of found objects that are man made as well.
Anyway, Enjoy Mari Andrews.