This 2013, I promised myself that I will get back to my creative mindset because I felt that I kinda lost it when I started working full-time as an in-house graphic artist…so I came to a decision.
But before the drama, let me tell you about Jessica Walsh, an art director and partner at Sagmeister and Walsh. Jessica is a fearless lady who has a big influence in design and art direction. After watching her presentation/lecture during the Graphika Manila design conference a few weeks ago, I became an instant fan. I hope I don’t sound like a stalker, but after knowing about her and her works, I researched more about Jessica and came across this great interview by The Great Discontent which made me love her even more.
I found out that she was offered an in-house job at Apple in California right after graduating, but she turned it down and chose to move to New York and be an intern with Pentagram and do some freelance works. She was then helped by The Paula Scher get her first job as an art director for Print Magazine…and then…well, Jessica became The Jessica Walsh.
In the interview, she was asked, “Did you have any moments when you had to decide between doing something financially stable as opposed to doing something more creative that you really loved?”
Her answer was simple but it struck me the most:
“I think it was what I mentioned earlier—the temptation of taking the job at Apple versus doing the internship with Paula at Pentagram. I knew Apple would be much more stable and well-paid, but I knew in my heart that in the end, I would be much happier at a design studio than I would with an in-house job.”
Her answer is very much relatable with my situation now, but the only difference is that I accepted the job offer as an in-house designer with Apple’s top competitor (figure it out). But then, like I said earlier, I made a decision. Yes, I’m quitting this “corporate job”.
Tomorrow’s in fact my last day. Finally!
Like Jessica, she went through a tough decision…but it was a good one. Just to be clear, I had planned to quit way before I knew about Jessica—but I found her career path story comforting. It made me feel that leaving this stable job and going back to freelancing will get me somewhere. I just have to believe in my talent and never stop creating.
If you have a passion for design (or art direction), and you are considering a career path in the creative field, make Jessica Walsh your role model.
I spent my whole saturday in the steets, bombing trees with woven fabrics. Yarn bombing was my first ever street art activity and despite the sunburn and calluses, I had fun and it’s definitely a memorable experience.
Urban art may be the most debatable/controversial form of art and is not acceptable by many. However, as soon as the Arts at BGC organized a “yarn bombing activity” in celebration of their first art festival at the Bonifacio Global City, I volunteered right away because of three good reasons:
1. I’ll get to spend the day with the artisans of Rags2Riches–an eco-ethical, for-profit social enterprise. These artisans are women from the poor communities who create rags, bags and accessories from scraps, organic and indigenous fabrics.
2. Yarn bombing is temporary unlike paint so it can be easily removed.
3. The world needs more color.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” they say, but I can’t help disagreeing with this phrase…at least in its literal sense. As an art enthusiast, I enjoy looking at book covers. A beautiful cover stands out in a shelf and makes me pick it up and explore more about it–the story, the author and of course, the book cover artist.
I am currently reading John Green’s “The Fault in the Stars”. The book is definitely one of John Green’s bests because of its tragic yet realistic theme (no wonder it was a #1 New York Times bestseller); and its artwork cover did the novel justice…
…and the artist behind it is New York graphic designer, Rodrigo Corral. You may not be familiar with him but I’m pretty sure you have seen his works on the shelves. Corral had art directed/designed conspicuous book covers such as Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and “This is How You Lose Her” (i love this cover), James Frey’s “A Miliiion Little Pieces”, and even the Olsen Twins’ “Influence”.
but what made Rodrigo Corral famous were his book cover artworks for Chuck Palahniuk’s novels. He has been designing Palahniuk’s book covers since 1999 such as:
His cover designs reflect his creativity and professionalism at the same time. His design process involve reading the novel several times to get its big idea and then illustrate things that would interpret it.
Can we all just stop and marvel at these cover album artworks of two of my favorite bands?
Foster the People:
Young and Sick, founded by Aaron Saltzman, is the one behind these whimsical and surreal pieces. Their style reminds me of Picasso’s art with a 60-70’s vibe. I usually appreciate minimalism more but I guess these are an exception.
And oh, Young and Sick don’t just do illustration–they create dope music as well! Check out Young and Sick here.