McRay Magleby on Creativity

Wave of Peace, detail

Artist, designer and illustration professor, McRay Magleby, via AdWords:

Creativity is the act of bringing into existence that which is unknown, uncommon, or unexpected….

To be creative, you need to be comfortable feeling lost and in deep trouble. You need to enjoy absurd, contradictory, outrageous possibilities. You need to be a lover of exploring uncharted territory, and, most of all, you need enough self-confidence to fail.

Image is a detail of Magleby’s most famous poster, Wave of Peace, considered one of the world’s most memorable posters. It is intentionally derivative of Hokusai’s famous image, because it was designed in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

 

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