Friday, October 21, 2011

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Stefan Sagmeister
Stefan Sagmeister, notorious graphic designer, has been wowing his viewers with innovative ideas that have been worshipped and awarded through nominations and selected shows for several years. Through the article I have read, I found some of his ideas of business to be interesting and helpful. Although we can’t always pick and choose our projects like Sagmeister Inc, Stefan suggests maintaining a smaller view and human relationships when creating work. He describes his most successful pieces to be stimulated from his personal notes and journals, such as “Things I have learned in Life.” I enjoy the fact that Sagmeister indulges in his projects in a personal way and admire him for his talent and process.

Pushing the Envelope
Fitting to our next assignment, Jill Greenberg, a renowned photographer, talked about her view of “Pushing the Envelope” in a short video. She says, “Fear is the opposite of creativity. The mission of the artist is to test the conceptual and imagistic envelope that society is willing to tolerate.” I think that there is a difference between the world of shock art and the world of visually stimulating work. Art should be pushed, but only if there is a message behind it that conveys an intellectual idea. Jill Greenberg did just this by taking pictures of John McCain and playing with lighting, color, and Photoshop to display her political views.

Bouncing Back from your own mistakes
Getting back up after a huge failure is extremely difficulty and mind blocking when creating art. The article “How to Bounce Back from A Big Mistake” talks about some of the keys points of how to keep going with your creative work. For example, owning your mistake, apologizing, attempting to fix it as best you can, and taking what you learned from that experience. Learning from you mistakes, and addresses the root of the problem is the key to success. For instance, I will forever save my work in multiple places ☺