Content is to be discovered not in the work itself particularly, but in our interaction with the work: all observations are participations.
The details are not the details; they make the product.
‘With innovative material selection, sensible construction techniques and modern aesthetics one can craft a unique design language that sets a new standard.’
Art is the most complex, vitalizing and civilizing of human actions. Thus it is of biological necessity. Art sensitizes man to the best that is immanent in him through an intensified expression involving many layers of experience. Out of them art forms a unified manifestation, like dreams which are composed of the most diverse source material subconsciously crystallized. It tries to produce a balance of the social, intellectual and emotional existence; a synthesis of attitudes and opinions, fears and hopes.
Art has two faces, the biological and the social, the one toward the individual and the other toward the group. By expressing fundamental validities and common problems, art can produce a feeling of coherence. This is its social function which leads to a cultural synthesis as well as to a continuation of human civilization.
Today, lacking the patterning and refinement of emotional impulses through the arts, uncontrolled, inarticulate and brutally destructive ways of release have become commonplace. Unused energies, subconscious frustrations, create the psychopathic borderline cases of neurosis. Art as expression of the individual can be a remedy of sublimation of aggressive impulses. Art educates the receptive faculties and it revitalizes the creative abilities. In this way art is rehabilitation therapy through which confidence in one’s creative abilities can be restored.
According to the thinkers of the East, there are five different intoxications:
1. of beauty, youth and strength;
2. then the intoxication of wealth;
3. the third is power, command, the power of ruling;
4. and there is the fourth intoxication, which is the intoxication of learning, of knowledge.
5. All these four intoxications fade away just like stars before the sun in the presence of the intoxication of music.
The reason is that it touches that deepest part of man’s being. Music reaches farther than any other impression from the external world can reach. And the beauty of music is that it is both the source of creation and the means of absorbing it. In other words, by music was the world created, and by music it is withdrawn again into the source which has created it.
–Hazrat Inayat Khan
We live in an over-served world driven by unrealistic expectations, and the toughest challenge in this environment is to set yourself apart… which is the purpose of branding. By building strong brands with real value, you build strong bottom lines.
The difference between the novice and the master is simply that the novice has not learnt, yet, how to do things in such a way that he can afford to make small mistakes. The master knows that the sequence of his actions will always allow him to cover his mistakes a little further down the line. It is this simple but essential knowledge which gives the work of a master carpenter its wonderful, smooth, relaxed, and almost unconcerned simplicity.
Innovation comes ultimately from a diversity of perspectives. So when you combine ideas from different industries or different cultures, that’s when you have the best sense of developing groundbreaking ideas.
There’s no failure. Everything is an experiment.
There is no material with which human beings work which has so much potential energy as words.
–Earnest Elmo Calkins
If that sounds like a case of ‘information overload,’ it’s actually not. What we’re really swamped with is raw data. For that data to rise to the level of information – for it to be informative – it must be organized, simplified, clarified, or, in a word, designed. […] We’re behaving like it’s an endless party — but we’re passing the check to our children.