I recently just finished this amazing book, & I wanted to share a section that I could completely relate to, the author Debbie Millman interviewed Michael Bierut and asked him what he attributes his success to:
My guidance counselor thought I was really smart & felt it was a waste for me to go into art instead of becoming a doctor or a lawyer….And I remember thinking, “I bet a smart commercial artist would really have an edge on things.”
And thats what I think I am. I’m a smart commercial artist. There were at least two other kids in my college classes that were better natural designers than I was. But at the end of the day, having something issue forth from just your imagination will only get you so far….See More
That doesn’t win you a project. That doesn’t find a specific solution to a design problem, that doesn’t explain that solution to your client….
All of that takes something else: brains. I actually think that I’ve compensated for whatever flaws and shortcomings I have as a creative person by being smart & well-read & by working really, really hard. And I get more at-bats. I seem to hit alot of home runs because I have ten times as may at-bats as everybody else in the league. Meanwhile, the stands are littered with foul balls and strikeouts. And no one knows about them because I don’t count those.
Its sad that I’m just now experiencing that “man I can’t put down this book” moment so late in life but I plan on being more “well-read” as Mr. Bierut said. One of the biggest things he mentioned is having more at-bats, thats been my goal lately, trying to design more & create more art then most, that way I can have that competitive edge. This is such a great book & I highly recommend it. See you in the next post.