Graphic Design Quote of the Day: Obsession with Originality is a Trap

Graphic Design Quote of the Day: Obsession with Originality is a Trap

“Allowing influences into your work is one  of the ways that you expand your expressive range. Designers enrich their work — not diminish it — by looking for ways to ‘incorporate’ new and radical modes of expression into their work, especially from places outside contemporary design. Shutting out influences because of an obsession with ‘originality’ is a trap. But you have to be able to acknowledge the debt to your sources. Copyists never own up to it; the talented always do. That’s the difference.”

—Adrian Shaughnessy, How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

Graphic Design Quote of the Day: Is Originality an Absolute?

Graphic Design Quote of the Day: Is Originality an Absolute?

Work of Julian House

“I don’t believe in originality as an absolute, I think it’s more to do with interesting twists on existing forms. Borrowing from the Modernist designers of the recent past, for instance, is not plagiarism; it’s more a continuation of the processes and ideas that they set in motion. I’m influenced by Polish poster art of the 1960′s, which was influenced by Pop Art and Surrealism, and which in turn appropriated commercial art, comic book art, cinema and Victorian engravings, etc. I think the key to whether it’s good or not lies in the viewer’s response to a piece of design. Do they say “I’ve seen it before” or, “I’ve seen it before but not in that way.”

—Julian House

Graphic Design Quote of the Day: The Delusional Quest for Originality

Graphic Design Quote of the Day: The Delusional Quest for Originality

 Kota Kobayashi - Graphic Designer; James Kinney - Art Director/Copy Writer - New York, NY

Most designers are untroubled by the notion of originality, but others are obsessed with it, and I see many problems caused by the delusional quest for originality. In my view originality is an overrated and misunderstood quality in contemporary graphic design. Copying is bad, no question. Infringing someone’s copyright for personal gain is immoral, not to mention illegal in most countries. But the only people who copy are the terminally second-rate and the downright dishonest, whereas the good designer freely borrows and adapts from sources in precisely the way artists have done for centuries. And furthermore, the good designer readily admits to this ‘appropriation.’ It is a quality of many good designers that their influences and sources are clearly visible and readily acknowledged.”

—Adrian Shaughnessy, How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

Typography Quote of the Day: Can Anyone Set Type?

Typography Quote of the Day: Can Anyone Set Type?

Designed by Christopher Thomas Allen

Typography is a rather modest field, but perhaps it is the most significant ingredient for visual communication. Anyone can set type, but to utilize it creatively is quite a different thing.

—Minoru Morita

Typography Quote of the Day: Attracting attention is part of communicating

Typography Quote of the Day: Attracting attention is part of communicating

Work of: Wolfgang Weingart

Work of: Wolfgang Weingart

 “What’s the use of being legible, when nothing inspires you to take notice of it?”

—Wolfgang Weingart

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