These days it’s hard to avoid the admonishments of self-titled productivity gurus that we should take more control over our lives, calendars, and in-boxes. But there are countless examples of creative and entrepreneurial minds soaring to their greatest heights through the exact opposite approach.
It's easy to think that accomplished artists simply arrive at great ideas. But that's far from true, says photographer Todd Hido. In this interview, Hido shares just how all over the place he can be when creating, offering a glimpse into how much effort he puts into his work to make it be of the highest level.
Aoi Yamaguchi began studying calligraphy at age six and earned the Master Calligrapher distinction at age 14. While Yamaguchi has respected the spiritual and aesthetic customs of her craft, she’s also branched out to make it her own. Some might call that blasphemy, but Yamaguchi views breaking from tradition as an important part of her artistic evolution.
German font god Erik Spiekermann doesn't plan to retire anytime soon. In fact, the 70-year-old doesn't plan on retiring at all. Consider the following the rules according to Spiekermann, a primer on design, entrepreneurship, business, culture, and aging gracefully, as told through his stories.
As the marijuana industry begins to mature, purveyors recognize the need to separate themselves with distinct branding. The hand-painted signs, bad puns, and Rastafarian flags that once defined the industry are giving way to sophisticated design that abandons aging stoners in favor of more upscale clientele.