Ask anyone and they will tell you that I’m paranoid. I don’t drink and drive, I worry about the future and I clean my flat constantly. Recently, however, I have begun to realise that life is too short – way too short. I’m taking my own advice and learning to breathe more and I can already feel the results.
Some small steps I have taken to being a happier, more relaxed and less panicked person.
1. I tattooed ‘Breathe’ onto my arm – just to remind me when things get rough.
2. I stay an extra 5 minutes in the bath every morning.
3. I sleep when I get the chance.
4. I’m meeting new people.
5. I keep pets (This one helps a lot).
6. I ALWAYS have my music with me.
7. I take the time to photograph special things that I see.
Try a few of the things above and give yourself time to do the things you love, you will soon feel the veil of the mundane lifting and you will feel more refreshed when you have to do the things you don’t enjoy. Creativity is born from a place of peace.
There has been much discussion recently about removing any brand differentiating elements from cigarette packs. Personally, I feel that this would be a step in the wrong direction – as a smoker and a designer – I feel little affinity to my chosen addiction’s aesthetic appeal, rather I feel more drawn to its gift of nicotine.
I have always believed that it is more fun to do something you are not allowed to do – no one can argue that a stolen cookie always tastes better. I feel that this applies to most things I have encountered. Censorship, age restrictions, banning of books and general panic about the souls of the population at large create free P.R and a desire to see more. Stop hiding things and rather focus on educating people about what they are seeing and doing.
Hiding a logo is not going to make me quit smoking, much in the same way adverts about alcohol related accidents do nothing to stop you from driving drunk when you are in the wrong circumstance. Also – generic packs are easier to counterfeit which will result in higher sales of illegal cigarettes and therefore easier access for people who are not yet of the legal smoking age.
P.S I actually think the generic packs are more attractive than what we see on our shelves at the moment – but that I would imagine is subjective.
Ever done anything wrong? Well, I haven’t – but I’ve seen the anguish erring causes, and so in an attempt to help you out – I designed the sticker above (image credit). Print it on sticker paper and neatly place it on anything you have broken, destroyed, screwed up or generally made bad. Voila. Absolved of guilt.
Gosh darn that satan. -.-
I don’t think there is anything worse than a hipster designer sitting at a coffee shop with a MacBook. It’s horrible and creates the impression of your typical starving artist in the big city trying to make a name for themselves. I do however have to admit that it does have a certain something when it comes to idea generation. I’ve been thinking of alternatives to being trapped in my flat without the added disaster of being labelled a hipster and it finally came to me this afternoon at the carwash. It’s a nice chilled environment, I get to feel productive because I’m getting something cleaned and I don’t have to look like a hipster – bonus! Seriously though, it’s a great environment and it’s good for the soul to get out and do something that takes you away for an hour or 2, plus the fact that there is little else as awesome as a a squeaky clean car. Carwashes tend to have plug points for their vacuum cleaners which is also a plus.