Aged 19 and I’ve only just been to London, went to Amsterdam, had to go to London! Experienced the hectic tube, the amazing street entertainers and the beautiful window displays. With only having two days in London and suffering from Glandular fever, I didn’t get to do a lot or go to see a design studio I really wanted to see, but regardless it was a great trip. I plan to visit London in the near future again!
Steal like an artist – 10 things nobody told you about being an artist by Austin Kleon
“When asked to talk to students at Broome Community College in upstate New York in the spring of 2011, Austin Kleon wrote a simple list often things he wished he’d heard when he was their age: ‘Steal like an artist; Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things; Write the book you want to read; Use your hands; Side projects are important; Do good work and put it where people can see it; Geography is no longer our master; Be nice (the world is a small town.); Be boring (it’s the only way to get work done.); and, Creativity is subtraction.’ After giving the speech, he posted the text and slides to his popular blog, where it quickly went viral. Now Kleon has expanded his original manifesto into an illustrated guide to the creative life for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, photographers, musicians, and anyone attempting to make things – art, a career, a life – in the digital age. Brief, direct, and visually interactive, the book includes illustrative anecdotes and mini-exercise sections calling out practical actions readers can take to unleash their own creative spirits.”
Like many books before, I was intrigued into this book due to its pure black and white aesthetics. With not doing much research into this book I didn’t know much about the author or about what I was about to read! However what a good read it was, full of insider knowledge and wonderful quotes, this book is one to read for when times are a little hard and you need direction or inspiration.
Two of my favourite pieces of text within the book are;
- ‘Nothing is original it’s right there in the Bible: “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)’
- ‘Distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed and that changes everything.”- Jonah Lehrer
If you like the look of this book, then follow the below links for more information;
Graduation Guide for Design Students by Moniek Paus
‘Process is more important than outcome. Don’t stop experimenting and keep exploring. It’s alright to get a little lost…’
Not only is this little book full of cute illustrative pictures but the cover is a fold out poster which continues in the same illustrative design. A beautiful little book, written in a friendly tone, and a must for a designers book shelf.
I think I should start drinking coffee…
Last month with University I visited the city of Amsterdam, the aim of this study trip was to visit some design studios and also to get a feeling for Dutch design. Before going to Amsterdam, I had heard many great things about the city and it didn’t disappoint. It is a beautiful, clean city full of life and bikes!
The design studios I visited were;
- De Designpolitie – http://www.designpolitie.nl
- Total Identity – http://www.totalidentity.com
- Trapped In Suburbia – http://www.trappedinsuburbia.com
- Thonik – http://www.thonik.nl
- KesselsKramer – http://www.kesselskramer.com
and the museums;
- Stedelijk – http://www.stedelijk.nl/en
- MOTI – http://www.motimuseum.nl
So if your still reading this I’m going to share with you my favourite moments of Amsterdam…
The design studios, they were amazing. Each one had something special and invaluable to share. By visiting these studios it made my career path clearer, before this trip I was under the impression that I wanted to work in a small close-knit studio where I got to see my design through until the finished piece however by the end of this journey I realised I liked the thought of working in a much larger studio. This could change when I’ve experienced studios in more depth, but for now this is where I stand!
Buddha! Thonik had this cheeky chap (a young springer) running around the studio and he sat on my feet! I do love springers!
The range of studio spaces, some weird and wonderful and some simple and office like. When the designers at KesselsKramer have a bad day they climb their wooden fort in the middle of the church, play with some Lego and go for a dive off their own personal diving board whereas when Total Identity need a break they gaze over their beautiful view. I wonder what my studio will be like.
& lastly, Bikes. The bike culture in Amsterdam is a designer paradise.
I would just like to take a moment to thank the design studios for their time and would highly recommend everyone to check them out… Especially KesselsKramers’ website, make sure to press F5!
Would I visit Amsterdam again? Yes please, just give me a reason to go and I’ll be there!