This is not a pity party.
I have big issues with people who choose to gripe constantly online to an imaginary audience about how terrible their life is and how the world is unfair. Yes, life is unfair and deals you some unimaginable blows, but in reality things can be SO MUCH WORSE. This reminds me of a quote from the movie PS I Love You (I know cheesy, but I love it anyway. After an earth-shattering break up an evening of this movie on repeat and two bottles of wine got me through.)
This is my one and only life, And its a great and terrible and short and endless thing, and none of us come out of it alive.
Cheesy movie, but that is some great writing.
I got laid off from my job in February and I was devastated. All I could think about was how if I was better/smarter/creative/nicer/did I say smarter? - than I wouldn’t have been (essentially) fired. Working for a company for three years and being completely invested only to have my position eliminated broke my confidence. I was lost. This is not what you picture your life to be.
Since February I have taken some time to think about the things I want and what is going to be important to me. I spent fun times with family & friends, got re-excited about being a talented artist, started to learn coding, and created a kick ass LinkedIn profile for that magical day when I would return to work. (Don’t even get me started on how so many people aren’t letting their LI profile work FOR them! Contact me if you want some help on that biz).
And now I have returned to work at a stable, international company that values marketing, has great people, and great products. I don’t feel lost anymore, I am exactly where I should be and I am valued. There fun things to look forward to and write about, so there will be no more neglecting my poor blog.
I would love to be all “everything happens for a reason” but I’m human, so I say the A-holes I used to work for can suck it. And good luck to you.
“Is the digital world killing creativity?”
by Sam Laird - Image courtesy of iStockphoto, Clicknique
Anatomical Cross-Sections in Tissue Paper
Lisa Nilsson, lisanilssonart.com
I mean, who didn’t study the heck outta this guy?!
If you ever took a class on the History of Advertising YOU KNOW they could make a whole study track just about Apple. Steve Jobs’ influence brought on some great stuff.
Infographic of the Day: Why Should You Care About Typography
If you think typography is simply about personal whim, you just haven’t been looking at it the right way ~ from www.fastcodesign.com.
The 10 best street art works
Speaking of Movies… Someone catch that somnombulus!
Long, long ago I chose to minor in art history (yawn) with an emphasis on film (YAY) so I got to see some great stuff while watching movies in class. Thus began my love affair with Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It is just beautiful and the sets are to die for. If you haven’t seen it YouTube it right now. You aren’t that busy anyway and it is worth it. Promise.
side note: Be careful signing up for a grad level class in experimental film. Very strange things will be burned into memory.
Funny how 40 years swoosh by: June 1971 is the date the Nike Swoosh was launched. Designed by Carolyn Davidson for $35 - a “Bargain Brand,” the Dept. of Nike Archives notes in its extraordinarily understated tabloid-sized newsprint history. —
Swoosh: 40 Years Fly By
When I see the Nike logo I think of the movie Without Limits. You know, that movie about Pre (Steve Prefontaine). No, the one with Donald Sutherland, not the one with Jared Leto.