Sunday, February 6, 2011

Synthesizing Innovative (Frustrated) Maverick

I have a current project with the possibility of increasing both the client's recognition and my own. The unique opportunity of working within a small yet emerging product development company where I feel that my voice is heard and appreciated. But there's always a hump, a wall, a cold crevasse where the jump to final approval is broader than it first appeared.
-UPDATE Feb. 10, 2011: I've fallen into the chasm and I have to move on to the next project. P.P.S. Just came across this post from a year ago, good one:

Dare Mighty Things

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt
I'm on the prowl for extrapolating the importance of design over generic presence in the market place. That winning people over with their hearts is more enduring, exhilarating and fulfilling than stuffing the shelves with another unnecessary product, and cramming our pockets with cold hard cash for more nights out on the town, bigger fancier cars and homes so large you can hear an echo. Yes, I understand the need to have a roof over my head, food on my plate and insurance for any future emergencies. But I also know that I live a life filled with less money and more happiness than many of my peers. I love what I do for a living. It's not always glamorous and probably not as super awesome as my friends think it might be, but it IS pretty damn great. Getting paid to research until my brain leaks ideas and then somehow manage to communicate just an ounce of what I've synthesized in my head is a luxury. But in the end, more often than not, I face challenges of convincing others to trust in my visions... the irony being that my previous creations are what brought the client finding me in the first place is not lost.

Upon researching supportive texts to help clarify and positively persuade my thesis I found several that made a smart and sensible stance for good design aka Right Brain thinking:

and a slightly outdated but still strong post on Wired: REVENGE OF THE RIGHT BRAIN

and a sensible slideshow: SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Above is a paper-cut art piece titled "Three Levels" by Elsita, to make this post less aesthetically displeasing. And maybe a little more consumable. ;)

A huge contributor to creative thinking, sharing, loving, caring and making a difference is Cuban artist Elsa Mora. Her stories are goose-bump inducing, tear-jerking, inspiring, incredible, amazing and beautiful. She maintains several blogs and an Etsy store, besides taking care of her endearing family, the ups and downs in life and creating highly personal art. She really is a remarkable human being and I want to thank her for helping me push myself further despite obstacles I stumble across in my life. "Thank you, Elsita!"

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