Posts Tagged with “Inspiration”

Massimo Vignelli 1931-2014

Massimo Vignelli

Mas­simo Vignelli passed away this morn­ing. I can’t even begin to explain how much of an influ­ence he was on me. I wouldn’t know half of what I know about design if it weren’t for him. I will con­tinue to learn from Mas­simo for years to come. He will be missed, but his work will live on for generations.

Riposi in pace, Massimo.

Just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re gonna die.

– P!nk

Arnaud Mercier Retrospective 1999–2011

Arnaud Mercier

Arnaud Mercier, co-founder of Area 17, passed away last year and a great site was put together in his honor. I didn’t per­son­ally know Arnaud, but his work was a big influ­ence on me. I’d always head over to Elixirstu­dio to get inspired. The work he did for Elan was my favorite.

It's Not The Gear

Robert Moses Beach iPhone

Lately, I’ve been hit with the pho­tog­ra­phy bug. It usu­ally hap­pens to me once a year. It goes some­thing like this: I get the bug, I research cam­eras for a week, I buy an expen­sive cam­era, I use it non-stop for a few months, the bug goes away, I sell the camera.

I’m a gear head, so when I become obsessed with some­thing I imme­di­ately try to find all the best gear that I can get my hands on. It’s good because I get to learn and expe­ri­ence new things, but it’s also bad on my wal­let. And when it comes to photo gear, there’s no stop­ping me.

Until recently.

After count­less cam­eras, and years of search­ing for the per­fect cam­era that would push my pho­tos to the next level, I’m now a firm believer that the best cam­era is the cam­era that you have with you. Yes, a Has­sel­blad H4D-60 will blow any other cam­era away, but you don’t see many peo­ple in street with a $42,000 cam­era hang­ing from their necks.

I hated lug­ging around a big ass body, with a big ass lens and a hood attached to it. That was the pri­mary rea­son why I would stop shoot­ing: I didn’t want to carry around all that stuff. I used to carry around a Has­sel­blad 503, with a prism and metal hood. The damn thing weighted a ton — and it sure cap­tured some amaz­ing pho­tos — but after a few hours of car­ry­ing it, I wanted to throw it in the garbage. I hated that feel­ing because it ruined the moment and even­tu­ally led me to feel unmo­ti­vated. The tool was get­ting in the way of my creativity.

Now I just shoot with my iPhone 4. I already carry it around, and the built-in cam­era is pretty damn good. When I see an inter­est­ing shot, I just pull it out and snap a photo. The joy and spon­tane­ity of shoot­ing is instantly back. I would love it if Apple added some advanced fea­tures to the cam­era app — like shut­ter and aper­ture con­trol — and I do miss me some depth of field, but over­all the phone pro­duces some fine images.

I think I’ve achieved some good results with this lit­tle cam­era. I took the photo to the left with my iPhone. This guy did a fash­ion shoot with an iPhone 3GS. Granted, he used a great light­ing sys­tem, but the images are still impres­sive. Check out these folks who took a great look­ing shot with a Canon Pow­er­shot SD630 and some basic light­ing. Pro­fes­sional fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Terry Richard­son does entire shoots with a Yashica T4 point and shoot and the pho­tos look great.

Don’t get me wrong, it is much eas­ier to pro­duce a great photo with high-end cam­era. That’s why it’s even more impres­sive when a great photo is taken with a lower-end one. The tal­ent truly shines in that case.

My point is, in any cre­ative field, the tool isn’t impor­tant. It’s what’s behind the tool that counts. So, don’t stress about get­ting a Canon 1Ds Mark III or the lat­est ver­sion of Pho­to­shop. Just create.      

Thinking for a Living Relaunches


A new and improved site for Think­ing for a Liv­ing has launched! The site, in my opin­ion, is at the fore­front of inter­ac­tive design. It’s a great exam­ple of why Flash isn’t the only means of cre­at­ing a dynamic inter­ac­tive experience.

The site was designed by BBDK and Frank Chimero and built by Jedi Knight Ian Coyle. It fea­tures key­board nav­i­ga­tion, a fine grid, and a ton of orig­i­nal and inspi­ra­tional content.

I’m super excited and proud to be a part of this fine net­work of peo­ple and sites. TFAL is a must read for any cre­ative type.        

Reform & Revolution


Pre­vi­ous dubbed The Designer’s Monar­chy, this fine por­tal has a new name… Reform & Rev­o­lu­tion. I’ve been invited to be an author over there and I’ll mostly post about stuff that doesn’t fit here. So check it out, it’s a great source of inspiration.