One of the many joys of living in a college town is access to a university art library. KU’s Murphy Art and Architecture Library is a gem that few students seem aware of, judging by the scant number of people I see there on my visits. Where else would I find Ben Shahn’s “Love and Joy About Letters” from 1963? Or a Swiss textbook titled “Drawing as Design Process”? Shouldering home a load of inspiring books is the sweetest way I know to work up a sweat.
... Later ...
“The Vignelli Canon” completely reset me. I redisovered the fundamentals that inform everything I do, particularly grids.
Shahn inspired me to experiment with tighter line spacing, which creates a beauty all its own, and to use new tools for lettering expression.
Sottsass reminded me that it’s OK to be messy. The idea, in whatever form, just needs to be captured.