Design Bits IV

Fortune Cookie

  • “It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow.  You have to get bad in order to get good.”  -Paula Scher
  • “Without contrast, you’re dead.” – Paul Rand
  • “Imitate. Don’t be shy about it. Try to get as close as you can. You’ll never get all the way, and the separation might be truly remarkable.” – Bruce Mau


Design Bits III

Fortune Cookie

These are a few more Design Bits that I pulled from older sketchbooks.

  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  -Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Your sketchbook should be full of risks taken.  Even failures can result in successes later.
  • Let your work be stolen.  Think of stealing, in the beginning, as anonymous distribution.
  • Bonus: Don’t allow others to profit from your work without receiving compensation (e.g. money, good feelings, gold, etc…)

The last two directly conflict with one another.  When I say steal, I mean allow for your work to be distributed by anyone via social media, email, etc… Let people print their own copies or draw things similar to your creation because it all comes back to you in the end.  In contrast, do not let someone steal your work for the cover of their book and no expect to pay you for your work.


Design Bits II

Fortune Cookie

The second installment of Design Bits is here.

  • When you stop smiling it’s time to move on.  (This Bit is brought to you from my Graphic Design Professor, Jim Bryant)
  • Pick what to say and say it as clearly as possible.
  • “Computers are to design what microwaves are to cooking.” – Milton Glaser

Design Bits


This is a collection of Design Bits.  They are kind of like little words of design wisdom; what you would find in a design fortune cookie.  It’s something I’d like to offer weekly and, maybe, even design these gems into a nice poster.  Here’s a couple to get us started:

  • Design can be changed at any point during the process.  No design is ever set in stone.
  • We’re looking for artistic solutions to the problems we are given.  Unlike math, there is always more than one right answer.
  • If you wouldn’t put your own name on a project, why would the person you’re representing want to put theirs on it.

These are mostly thoughts I’ve collected so the quotation doesn’t need to be exact when we attempt to turn these into posters.