Words and design work artfully together

I have always loved design. When I was a young I loved to sketch and colour; and my teacher submitted my paintings to art exhibitions and competitions. So, you may be surprised that as an adult I decided to pursue a career as a copywriter.

But, writing and design aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s always surprised me to witness more art directors turn into creative directors, rather than the other way around. But, voila the exception! Perhaps, it helps that to also be able to think visually. So much for the left brain vs. right brain theory. My personal reading list is eclectic: while I devour books on writing, I also am attracted to books on design and art.

IUsedToBe_HighResCove_334So, when i came across the book I Used to Be a Design Student by , I was intrigued. It’s a compilation of 50 graphic designers as they analyze their design work “Then” and “Now”. The book offers a rare chance to read what graphic designers feel about their career path.

What I love is the advice that each designer offers. Inspirational quotes have a way of putting things for you in perspective, especially when you are bogged down by the endless advertising deadlines.

Shout out loud when your idea
is good, shut up if not +
Don’t take yourself too seriously 

Andreas Gnass

Learn to learn + 
Don’t be arrogant

Martin Lorenz

One can never say something
won’t work until they have done it +
Don’t be afraid to fail

Renata Graw

Work your ass off +
Don’t be an asshole 

Andreas Gnass

When a book reads as well as it looks and feels, it’s a Think Blink for me.

4.5/5 Think Blinks

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