massimo vignelli

Not much on my mind or in my heart to share in the way of poetry, so I decided to share a design resource.  I was listening to an archived interview with Massimo Vignelli on Design Matters (with Debbie Millman) when they mentioned that he made his PDF, “The Vignelli Canon“, available online -for free.  Find it here.

I love visual arts and clean graphic design. I like subtleties, something to figure out or come back to in design or artwork.  I also like color harmony.  This seems to set things apart for me in terms of what I can tolerate and what I can’t.  I think the color sense is important.  I find that even if the subject matter is distracting if the colors work, it will keep my attention and move my eye.

I am still learning a lot about the use of color and strong design.  I review the work of various people such as Vignelli and Milton Glaser (a favorite) often for contrast and reference.  I love when I’m reading their work and they say something I’ve thought before or have argued for!  It feels like validation ~

Are you a designer or artist?  Have any resources you love?  Share them in the comments if you would like!

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the strength of form | i ask Rumi …

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The mountain leads the world in form. A place to start and end.

The Strength of form

Rumi says: Listen to this story: When the soul left the body it was stopped by God at heaven’s gate: “Alas! You have returned just as you left. Life is a blessing of opportunity. Where are the bumps and scratches left by the journey?”

I ask Rumi …

They say think positive, let the vision be of yourself as if it is already. Trust. Let go. Be clear.

My hands hold each plate with marked sadness in the bod. Have I envisioned that a thousand times plates would pass through my hands? That I would stand and weep with gratitude at such a simple pleasure – admiring a singular part of my form -holding on to such wares, letting the warm water move around the thing while still making it wet?

I must have.

I ask Rumi, “What if my bumps and scratches heal before my soul leaves the bod and a quiet, gentle walk – hand-in-hand with simple pleasures – feels like a blessed opportunity? And why are there gates?”

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done is better than perfect

In applying this simple idea – I aim to move forward and make at least one thing a day and share it to my Instagram, Tumblr, FB. Here, I will post each Friday.  I am practicing “doing”.  Sounds simple, I know, but we all have areas of life we can be better.  This is one of my areas.  Hesitation is common when I go to share any kind of creative post.  I am, however, a creative.  Until recently, I didn’t believe I was meant to – or needed – to show the personal work I was doing, but more and more … I do.  Connecting through the choice to share a little part of myself is a step forward.  So here goes …

Have you noticed it’s the littlest of things that usually hold you back?  What could you make a decision to do as a practice that would open up a door or perhaps shift – even slightly – a way that you view something … or yourself? 

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