“We have a responsibility to the world that we live in; this is not a choice, this is the job. Design works in the service of a better world, always has, always should. Design is by definition problem-solving, and the world is so blessedly full with problems right now that we’re going to have work for a very long time. So ask yourself, are the problems we’re taking on worth solving? Do we need 36 more iPhone docks? Do we need 59 more iPad cases? What about 179 camera apps?…Our infrastructure is rotting. The world economy is crap. Major media outlets are flushing entire investigative journalism departments down the drain, Wall Street is awash with criminals, billions of people can’t get basic medical care, food and water and we are building apps to rate our sandwiches, to tell each other where we are, who we’re with and when we’ve gone to bed. We’re wasting our time designing digital farms for our phone. We need real farms in our inner cities. We need access to fresh water. Too much of our knowledge is available only to a few…we use to design ways to go to the moon, now we design ways to never have to get out of bed! We have more processing power, affordable tools and combined intelligence this very minute than in any point in the history of design and we are using it to build shit. It’s time to aim higher. Too many smart people are deciding on what problems to tackle—what problems to put their energy into—not based on whether those products solve worthy problems or improve someones life, but rather on whether they can be funded and flipped. If we only tackle the issues that Facebook, Twitter and Google are interested in acquiring, then when will we tackle those they aren’t?…It’s time to stop hoping that other people will solve important problems, or hoping that people will let us solve it for them, but start solving them ourselves. Recognize the power that we have to change things, recognize the power that we have to make things happen, and also recognize that with that power comes the responsibility to do it right and to do the right thing. And remember—every single time that you, as a designer, make it easier and more pleasant for anyone to find and use information and tools that help people live their lives, you have contributed something important to the world. “
I am in love with AND love that Jessica Hische’s newest typeface creation shares a name with my hometown of Minot, North Dakota. A pretty face by one of the best letterers EVER? Could Minot get any luckier?!
See more variations of Hische’s Minot here.
I won’t lie — today was tough. There was nothing particularly tough about it, but I couldn’t quite feel okay. Blame it on the disorientation of a new home, the piles upon stacks of items I have no place for in my room, and homework that I couldn’t find time to complete. About had a meltdown over I-Don’t-Know, but managed to keep it together. I just had a mediocre day.
Self-pity aside, I have some great roommates (four of them!). There is also a friendly dog in the house that has taken to me…
A friendly dog, brought to you by Instagram
…and the shower works better than my last place. I am learning the art of downsizing, and over the course of the past few weeks have given, given, given away like crazy — something that makes me feel so good. Less is more.
Finally, my sister Kacy (and her husband Matt) is due to have her first baby any moment now (and my first nephew!) and I am getting extremely antsy!
And finally finally, here are a few things I found quite neat:
B. These numbers from the exclusively B&W Shiro to Kiro:
III. This magical place from Design Love Fest:
(PS: I love everything about this lady’s blog! Everything!)
04. Oh. My. Gosh. Lab Partners:
e // The Branding 10,000 Lakes Project by Nicole Meyer! Branding a lake a day with some groovy design. So, neat! Too neat!
Take care, be well —
I’m moving full speed ahead into my upcoming BFA project. School begins in less than two weeks and I have to present my proposal and progress very shortly thereafter. So far I’m having a great time laying things out!
My thrift store, “Rubbish & Bosh” is slowly evolving…