November 23, 2005

Clock o' 12 tails

[journal entry]



Time. The eternal enemy. The ageless watcher. The oracular diabolic. And man invented the clock to keep track of time, only to sometimes be trapped within it's sands. This entry is more of a reminder to me, of where i stand, and where i can go.

i've never worked in a place where i have ever felt so small. This, is where i stand - Not really knowing how to do what i should be doing, and what's the right way to do it. My saving grace is i know i've been given countless oppurtunity to make mistakes, and to learn from them, to have a boss who despite his irritation at me, still finds the time to put me back on track, to push me to reach higher standards, and not give up on me. (yet anyway.)

besides the pressure of juggling multiple jobs, the challenge is to push each and every task, no matter how menial, to the very best it can be. "good designers copy, great designers steal," which translates to adding value to a style by adding on to it, giving it a fresher look and feel, to make it mine, instead of a carbon copy.

it's 12:22, i'm in the office alone with the company of music, reflecting on his words of wisdom. i think it's time mental masturbation turns into action.

13 comments:

  1. woi, dun be too hard on urself la!... ur bitch is back and ur still chilling in office?!

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  2. where u can go?!?!
    u can go to...

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    HELL!!!

    woooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooo...

    see u there, brother!!!

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  3. iyerr.. hairy legs :)

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  4. Anonymous7:12 PM

    sorry to say, but with the mantra' good designers copy, great designers steal', u will always be just A Designer...even if u copy/steal and change it, it is ultimately someone else's idea, not your own. perhaps you shud stop copying and stealing, try n churn up something on ur own, that way, you can stop cheating or lying to urself, and perhaps reach that 'high standard' ur boss expects from you.

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  5. ah hi, anonymous, it's not supposed to be taken literally. =) let me try to explain: you see a style that entices you, and would fit the image of the client's brand. Let's use the example of nike's spray can-stencil like graffiti thingy (the scorpion, etc). The styling makes it look very street smart, raw, hip, whatever. steal the idea of executing it that way, take a closer look at it, and ask yourself, "how can i make this better?" like it or not, design trends are always recycled - the high tech look, pixel art, minimalism, vector art, they will always be trends that, once started off, will be followed. but if it essentially always look exactly the same, then yeah, you're just copying. if you add value to it, by putting in some of yourself into it - the outcome could be potentially be something fresh. know what i mean?

    sorry if it wasn't clear. cheers!

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  6. siren: like as though your armpits are bulu-less. =D

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  7. sher: she's back allright, but the datelines don't miraculously change. =)

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  8. boon: there's where the cool people are anyways. hehehee

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  9. Anonymous8:41 PM

    oh well! both of us are talking bout two different things. i am talking bout idea, not execution. creatives, and not design.

    yes i agree with you tat execution is often recycled, it's the idea that makes it different.

    btw, just out of curiosity, do u think of the execution 1st then the idea? or the other way round?

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  10. that's like asking 'do you think of shitting, then go to the toilet...OR...do you go to the toilet, then think you might want to shit"

    but i might be wrong, cause i'm one of the cool people that hangs out in hell...

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  11. Anonymous12:13 PM

    how can u use such a metaphor? it's so juve.

    anyways, a lot of creatives see an interesting execution and they try n weave an idea into it.

    sometimes it's an execution that sparks off an idea.

    example: Posters for Oslo Piercing Studio done by Leo Burnett/Oslo who won numerous awards in 2003. The creative director, when asked how he tot of the idea, said "One morning on my way to work, i passed by a hook sticking out of the wall."

    check out the one show, volume 25 for said posters.

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  12. either way man. as long as it gets the work done, as impressively as you want it to be. =)

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