Everyone likes a nice motivational quote with a fine adventurous backdrop and some nice typography that reminds us to get outside.
Hi ManMakers - I shared this pic of the scrap pile from my current project on Instagram last night, accompanied by this little meditation.
Most have heard, and can quote, the famous line attributed (probably inappropriately) to Benjamin Franklin, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." And plenty of us have likely created our adages to remind ourselves of experiences with tequila, wine, or some other overindulgence. But, throughout the last few hundred years, many of our greatest writers, thinkers, and humorists have dedicated their lines to that most aged and crafted of spirits: whiskey.
Usually, I don't care much for things that are full of what they are: Hollywood movies about Hollywood, hip-hop songs about being a rapper. But, I have a soft spot for all the great type-based 'motivational' sayings that have all over the design blogosphere. I think it's mostly because I'm surprised that I can be moved by such visuals, actually inspired, certainly more than cheesey script-y phrases from the craft store or those photos of mountains with some definition that hung in everyone's office in the 90s. (Okay some of these have mountains too, but they're awesome mountains.)
Sometimes, being a grownup means you have all kinds of additional opportunities. Sometimes, being a grownup means you have all kinds of additional responsibilities. But, most importantly, being a grownup means you get to learn some basic truths about how the world works and the nature of the human condition. Like:
I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computers history if you die.
There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.
I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
I'm not really a "quotes" kinda guy. (See what I did there?) I don't have a phrase in my email signature line, and I struggled every time when I was in a small group in grad school and we had to choose a quote or phrase that best describes our outlook. (You'd think I'd just have picked one to make those [twenty-four!] first days of class easier...note to 22-year-old self.)
I've always loved this trick: inflate a balloon, pinch it shut, then doodle with a black marker and deflate. The lines left are incredibly thick and yet detailed, impossible to pull off if drawing at scale.
Three Chicago-based creatives have taken the approach, and depicted the art from the perspective of the not-currently filled balloon. Great stuff.
All politics aside, Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies are the epitome of "guy flicks". And what Arnold movie doesn't come with a handful of classic one-liners? Kyle Kargov took some of the best quotes and spiced them up with some whimsical typography.