One must assume that failure is the way we learn in general. My favorite notion is that certainty is the closing of the mind. The possibility to fail is one of the means by which we have to develop ideas, and to explore possibilities. Once you’re certain of what you’re doing the possibility of change and exploration begins to diminish. So, the idea of being an amateur constantly is an old idea for artists, particularly those who want to continue learning things they don’t already know.
Today: Met Charles Traub, Chair of the MFA Photography and Related Media Department of the School of Visual Arts. He’s a very nice man and a very good photographer. It is looking like I will need to find some way to afford going to graduate school soon.
Monday: Working on a poster for Magdalena Baczewska, a piano virtuoso I was lucky to be able to listen to and photograph at the Italian Academy, where she will be playing November 18th.
Glaser’s ‘It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying’ campaign aims to create a greater sense of urgency around climate change, moving away from benign language like “global warming”. Milton hopes to unite the climate change community under one slogan and one flag.
He originally designed a simple visual for posters and button badges, comprising a green disk obscured by black smoke. The graphic suggests an aerial view of the Earth with only a narrow band of life remaining.
A drawing to celebrate a surreal day where things that give me energy — design, technology and photography — intertwined.
Met Milton, Sue, and Dan in their studio in the morning. Then bemused Chelsea gallery receptionists with inquiries regarding work submissions, and visited Google in the afternoon (thanks, Gino!). Photographed in Union Square then spent time with other photography aficionados at Professor Thom’s (thanks Mike, Theo and Marie!) in the evening.
Above: Milton Glaser’s classic logotype for the I Love New York advertising campaign. Below: Three points from his wonderful essay Ten Things I Have Learned:
4. Professionalism is not Enough or the Good is the Enemy of the Great. Early in my career I wanted to be professional, that was my complete aspiration in my early life because professionals seemed to know everything — not to mention they got paid for it.