The story goes that he developed his “fade-away” technique as a money-saving exercise. Upmarket magazines would typically print covers in full-colour, but Phillips’ style allowed them to print a single or two-colour cover and have their magazine still look great.
In writing by hand, we deliberately pause to make the brain wait. This forced interruption, called disinfluency, yields more thoughtful writing.
There’s a reason many successful writers from David Foster Wallace to JK Rowling opt to write with pen and paper. When your mind moves as fast as the computer keys, you tend to overproduce. It’s like taking down all the professor’s notes in class. While everything gets consumed none of the words have staying power.
There’s no such thing as a tranquil flood of information.
It’s true: the more you get down, the more you have to play with. They even say to write continuously to push out our ideas. But acceleration can reduce the quality of your prose. The neurons need time to connect to each other in order to talk with more clarity.
Conceptual artist and illustrator Gediminas Pranckevicius creates digital art that instantly whisk viewers off into a world of imagination. The Lithuania-born artist uses soft light and blended colors to create harmonious worlds where it is easy to get lost in the surreal stories.
He uses software like Photoshop to produce the playful digital drawings that feature imaginative creations like giant trolls, flying pigs, and houses and towns perched on top of precariously balanced mountaintops. His places and characters come alive through layer upon layer of intricate details, which are evident in the final work.
But despite being one of the most distinctive photographers of the 20th century, Weiss insists that she is not an artist. “I am an artisan,” she says. “I don’t create anything: I am just a witness of what I see and what interests me, which has always been human beings.”
Scholz’ early works were determinedly critical of society. One of them goes back to a painful personal experience, when, on return hungry from the war, he attempted to buy something to eat for himself and his family, only to be pointed by a farmer in the direction of the compost heap. It was this sort of heartless individual to whose meanness the artist erected a lasting monument in his Industrial Farmers of 1920.
Luxury fashion house Balenciaga knows how to nail the type of ugly design that gets people talking.
In Fall 2017, it debuted the Bernie Sanders-inspired logo he used for his 2016 campaign. But this time around, the company once referred to as “the master of all” by Christian Dior, will release a double-shirt as part of its Fall 2018 lineup.
Said its creative director Demna Gvasali on the rule-breaking t-shirt shirt:
“I think it’s very interesting, the definition of ugly. I think it’s also very interesting to find this line where ugly becomes beautiful or where beautiful becomes ugly. That’s a challenge I like. I think that’s a part of what fashion stands for and I like that people think my clothes are ugly; I think it’s a compliment.”
Ugly can be beautiful. Prada’s head fashion designer Miuccia Prada agrees: “The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human. It touches the bad and the dirty side of people.”
We need art just as we need food. Yes, art is unnecessary. It is “everything you don’t have to do,” as Brian Eno put it. But it’s also the fuel that powers emotions and deeper thinking.
“Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
Alter an image, modify a sound. It doesn’t matter if the visual or the audible illustrate irreality. For the maker and the viewer, art offers an exit out of happiness.
Inspiration is stimuli
Art helps drive human progress. It is a snapshot in time, illustrating the context and habits of now and yesterday. Cinemagraphs of waves reminds us that water controls the Earth. Images of loose plastic remind us not to dump problems on tomorrow.
Art reminds us to slow down, to compel ourselves to see the beauty of what’s already there. So obsessed with innovation, especially in the chase of ephemeral pixels, it’s easy to forget how we had it before. We must build responsibly.
“Another flaw in human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Stylization is inessential. But it drives culture. It ensures the durability of both uniqueness and artifice.
“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations.”