Yeah, I was pretty surprised with that title too... But after talk I attended this evening with Timothy Goodman, I can easily understand why. Hosted at Morningstar through AIGA, attendees enjoyed beautiful views of the city, a nice cab from Dark Horse Winery, and meet other attendees prior to the speaking session. I even ran into another IIT student, although I admittedly didn't recognize her at first since I hardly see people from main campus these days. (I have to admit though, I was really happy to see someone from main campus leaving that bubble and getting out to enjoy events downtown.)
I found his perspective on design and work really refreshing because he was so open about the life in his work and the rebellious spirit hidden in some of his pieces. He jokingly (or you know, likely not actually joking) said he's always trying to figure out "How do I stick a little dick in there". One thing he mentioned he tried to live by, and is particularly insightful is:
If you want to change your look, change your tool.
Two other screens he shared were interesting in that the first focuses on terms I hear and deal with almost daily. He labels them as all jargon. I suppose if they're used incorrectly, I could see how they may have lost some of their power. I do think systemic platforms are really incredibly powerful if used and considered carefully. Maybe that's partially because I'm taking a systems in design course right now (see pictures to the right for a better example of some of the things we were learning about today in class with Keiichi Sato... a very smart guy).
Either way, good to know these words are used a lot depending on the industry. I loved that he included the "dictionary definition" slides... What does getting away with something mean to you? The reframe from "not getting punished" to "taking something with you" is powerful. I've lately described myself as a scrappy designer. I guess sometimes the scrappy guys always look for something to take with them. For me, it's attending events primarily filled with graphic designers (ie. people who don't necessarily believe what I believe), and still learn something powerful from a discussion. Next it'll be a developer, an engineer, or maybe someone younger than 15. You never know what you can learn from someone else. That's partially why I love that blog/book series Humans of New York- It humanizes people, shares their stories, teaches you something- like a new way to look at the world.
He shared some of the "behind the scenes" of the videos and making of his blog 40 Days of Dating (and the book of which he signed just for me below!) I'm excited to read through the book, although I will admit, I'm not sure how I feel about the book being printed so you have to hold the book portrait style (as opposed to landscape like you would with a typical book). I'm expecting some weird looks while I try to read it. Maybe that was the point?
Lastly, I obviously have to share the main calls to action in order to effective "get away with shit" according to him.
So? Let's start. Ahem:
- Know the rules
- Don't ask for permission
- Get in your work
- Have some audacity
- listen to yourself
- stay/be young
Thanks man, good words to live by!
Thanks for reading! Cheers!