I’ve read ‘Maus’ many times and I just admire the way Art Spiegelman uses the medium of the graphic novel to connect us to political ideas & beliefs.
In this interview he gives us an insight into why he believes in the medium of graphic novel & his creative process, particularly in the paragraph below:
"A lot of my larger projects come from narrative, which comes from words, but they’re essentialized words, not sentences. They’re like keywords. And those keywords immediately conjure up pictures for me. It’s a little like how Miles Davis once put it: ‘I’ll play it for you first and tell you what it is later.’ So I’ll also find myself drawing and then working my way backward to find out what I’m thinking about and what I have to put in place. The whole thing exists somewhere in between words and pictures because that’s probably how we think. Not just me. Not just this cartoonist. We speak in words, obviously, but we probably think in some kind of … Well, we probably think in emoticons."
Two things stand out. Firstly, the need to articulate ideas into keywords. It reminded me of this Coppola interview where he tell us how he synthesizes the theme of a film into one or two keywords.
Secondly, we think in a mix of words and pictures. Spiegelman totally nails it when he refers to this combine as an ‘emoticon.’
Words & emotions get blurred when we talk about ideas that move us.
In the end, simplicity is best.
What is your sentence? is a question designed to help you distill purpose and passion to its essence by formulating a single sentence that sums up who you are and what, above all, you aim to achieve. It’s a favorite question of To Sell is Human author Daniel Pink, who acknowledges in his book Drive that it can be traced back to the journalist and pioneering Congresswoman Clare Booth Luce. While visiting John F. Kennedy early in his presidency, Luce expressed concern that Kennedy might be in danger of trying to do too much, thereby losing focus. She told him “a great man is a sentence”—meaning that a leader with a clear and strong purpose could be summed up in a single line (e.g., “Abraham Lincoln preserved the union and freed the slaves.”).
Pink believes this concept can be useful to anyone, not just presidents. Your sentence might be, “He raised four kids who became happy, healthy adults,” or “She invented a device that made people’s lives easier.” If your sentence is a goal not yet achieved, then you also must ask: How might I begin to live up to my own sentence?
Read the entire piece here.
Stefan Sagmeister: You are not a storyteller.
The Verge profiles Yves Behar here.
Perhaps, it is this in-between state of Industrial designers that impels them to push the envelope in design and innovation.
— The power of two, The Atlantic
Elon Musk, Tesla Inc.
— The emergent mindset, on Medium
It has been 25 years since the invention of the world wide web and more than 2 billion people are now connected. How does this information revolution affect us personally, socially and morally? In this interactive feature, a collaboration between The Guardian and The National Film Board of Canada, we find out what pride, lust, greed, gluttony, envy, wrath and sloth mean in the digital world.