new year’s resolution and 1st book of the year
Posted on January 3, 2012 by
I’m not really that big on New Year’s resolutions. Most of them end up in the cliché resolution dumpster with free-weights, empty soda cans, and cigarette butts, because change is, well, hard; most people are simply unmotivated to change (I’m just as guilty of this as everyone else).
Recently, I’ve discovered that, through my own means, I’ve created a significant gap between my own mind and the minds of other creative people, and it’s purely my own fault. I’m not going to galleries. I’m not reading any recent design books/magazines. I’m not taking the time to really look around. I’m not researching local art shows. Get the drift?
As a designer, these are all huge problems, propagating like an eerie bacterial culture in a Jell-oy Petri Dish. Like most bad habits we cultivate, this “non-design” habit began slowly, innocently. However, after a year or so, and despite the evolution and design of this website, I’m finding myself disconnected from what I grew up loving and learning.
It’s because of this love of design, and frankly, art in general, that I suppose a resolution to become more involved and reestablish this relationship is plausible, logical, and worthy of the effort on my part, and I’m getting my start tonight. I recently ordered a few books and un-hiatused my subscription to Print magazine (though I won’t get an issue till sometime around Feb or March). Below is the first book on my list:
It’s titled Never Sleep and is written by Dress Code, a small firm created by Andre Andreev and Dan Covert. The back cover basically tells you what it’s going to be about, and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve gotten a start already, and will probably create a review post after I finish it.
I’m hoping this is a start to an inspiring new year, and I’m ready to reconnect with what I love.
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