Truman Capote on failure and success


Truman Capote:

Failure is the condiment that gives success it’s flavor.”

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The grass is always greener — with the right filter


Kristen Welch, We Are That Family:

I think the grass-is-greener mentality is an age old problem, but with instant access to technology, someone else’s grass is filtered to look much greener on our screens… tempting us to change our status to match.

…The bottom line, technology has made it easier to give us a prettier reality, but the truth is, it’s never as perfect as it seems.

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Design is, design isn’t: Part 2

classic poster - graphic design

Glenn Fleishman:

Graphic design isn’t about snowing a client into believing a story you spin. Graphic design is about understanding the way in which type, color, shape, and other factors may communicate specific feelings or facts. It is about legibility, optics, psychology, and more. One doesn’t train in design to make posters or logos. One trains to develop an increasingly intuitive sense of what works and why.

Vertigo poster by Saul Bass, 1958.

C.S. Lewis, on being a decent egg

robin'g eggs in nest

(Continuing in this theme of eggs…)

C.S. Lewis:

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

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Quote found in Unfinished: Believing Is Only the Beginning

Success is not an Egg McMuffin

Egg McMuffin

Paul Angone:

Success is not an Egg McMuffin, delivered to us for a $3, three minute investment.

No, success is the Sistine Chapel — it takes years, pain, frustration, thousands of brushes, colors and crumpled up sketches before you have your masterpiece.

Sistine Chapel

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