“Fall in love with ordinary. Fall in love with the everyday. Fall in love with brown eyes and small towns and a hand full of dandelions. Discover. Discover the crevices. Read the books that aren’t so popular, by little known authors who have a lot to offer. Listen to music that makes you think. Choose art that is buried in the corner of galleries, or on the street. Teach yourself to love the small things. The special but unnoticed things. Teach yourself how the ordinary is not so ordinary after all.”
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
“To be a happy person, one has to drop all comparison. Drop all these stupid ideas of being superior and inferior. You are neither superior nor inferior. You are simply yourself! There exists no one like you, no one with whom you can be compared. Then, suddenly, you are at home.”
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
— Maya Angelou
The Office for Lost Objects™ has a working design philosophy defined by six principles:
Respect the Super Normal.
Revel in the infra-ordinary.
Follow a logic.
Express an integrity.
Seek an essence.
“Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules,
and they have no respect for the status-quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them,
glorify, or vilify them.
But the only thing
you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough
to think they can change the world,
are the ones who do.”
“Caution should be exercised in elevating the status of a practical discipline (more akin to plumbing) to an elitist, esoteric pursuit. Typography is utilitarian and belongs to everyone.”
Tony Pritchard: A response to the TWP definition of typography
- Work on things that matter.
- Work with people you like and respect.
- Be nice.
- Have high standards.
- Have a sense of humor.
- Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking.
- Variety is the spice of life.
- Institutions have a character, just like people do.
- We’re all in the “understanding business.”
- You are what you eat.
Chris Pullman: What I’ve Learned
What designers want more than anything else is to be taken seriously — they just want a little respect..!
“Respect from clients. Respect from the general public. Respect from — let’s go right to the cliché — our moms. We want to be seen as more than mere stylists, we want to set the agenda, to be involved earlier in the strategic process, to be granted a place at the table.”
A great article by Michael Beirut over at Design Observer, that will strike a chord with any of you designers out there who feel themselves considered too low down in the food chain.