David Airey is an independent brand identity designer working with companies of all sizes since 2005.
Published on July 30th, 2013
They’re talking about this short lesson in perspective, written by Linds Redding a few months before he died last year aged 52.
I’m glad I spent 10 minutes reading it.
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Thank you for posting! This should be required reading for all who enter the commercial art field.
I am a double-major (graphic design and broadcasting) who constantly does too much; with my next semester quickly approaching, this had perfect timing for reminding me to keep a better balance. Thanks for sharing, David!
An excellent read. Thanks for sharing, David.
A very powerful and honest piece of writing and I like you David am glad I read it. In fact I might try and read it every week as a reminder.
The article you reference – written by an icon in your field- is really about values and finding meaningful work. It’s true that speed seems to be glorified these days…but people want quality as well. As someone who isn’t in advertising or commercial art, however, I would say that there is no shame in earning money for your work….even Shakespeare did that….and while a laundry detergent ad may not seem grandiose, we all need or want clean clothes.
I like the description of how they used to have ‘all nighters’ to brainstorm ideas….in writing the equivalent might be ‘stream of consciousness’ — putting pen to paper without editing….sort of like a lot of my blogs….perhaps we shouldn’t hit the ‘publish’ button so quickly though….
No line of work is worth the price of your soul though. There does need to be balance….not that I’m an expert on that! Life and death moments do seem to remind us of what is really important…I’ve rambled enough….thanks for your post.
Wow, great read. Though I read it while sitting at my desk, working through my lunch to meet a deadline on a project that’s only going to make a few rich guys richer. Ha. Thanks for the perspective.
A beautiful read.
Balance is something I have known I need to find for a few years now, but I am guilty of working all hours of the day and night, striving for the ‘well done’ or glittery prize.
I’m constantly telling myself ‘if I just get through this job, these projects, this month’ then I can have a break and it will all be worth it. The break never comes however as the projects never end – and the idea of just saying no and potentially letting someone down (because they need it now) has always been too much to bare. There is a certain addictive quality to the coffee, adrenalin, late nights and the snippets of praise which all too often include ‘I know this is last minute but it’s urgent and I knew I could count on you’ but I am all to aware the time is coming where my love affair has to end.
I’m now 30 and I’m all too aware unless I find balance soon I will be 50, wondering why I didn’t choose to spend more time with my husband (who is wonderful), have a family and see the sun more. I love what I do, I can’t help taking on projects (including caravans and interiors of late) but it’s time for a change. To do less and make more of it.
Thanks for the perspective, the push and the inspiration.
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