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Anthony Bourdain on Graphic Design

After combing through all 362 pages of Kitchen Confidential, I realized it was the best book on graphic design that I’ve ever read. Through every page, I realized that even though he was speaking to the rough and tumble kitchen crowd, he could also be speaking to the tight-jean-war-time-era-haircuts of the graphic design world.

More accurately Steve St Pierre on Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential as a Design Agency primer. Probably many other worlds too.

A tidbit:

Don’t steal. This is a given. From your peers or employers. From your peers, you can treat them as sources of inspiration. I spend a good chunk of time on Brand New, BP&O, Designspiration. I soak it in via osmosis and just let it settle, and those influences’ll slowly work their way out through my mouse finger. But don’t steal, you asshole. This community is tiny. We’re all working our asses off. And lord knows yours will be handed to you by the social media army if you decide to nip another’s piece. I speak from experience (from the good side, obviously).

Business Me Work

What are you afraid of?

You wind up taking work that at the end of the day you’re not proud of and over time that will eat your soul.

Great talk by Jim Coudal about how they moving from client work to your own projects, or to put it another way:

You know that idea you have? Do it now. Not in 6 months. Don’t squeeze it in at the end of the day. Treat it like it’s a paying client: give it the resource it needs, meet the deadlines.

Also don’t worry about failing. Some of Jim’s (as it turned out) not-so-great ideas in this talk are wonderful.


My work is like a black hole of perfect Jesus wizard sauce

When it comes to design, I’m like Stephen Hawking meets Jesus Christ meets Gandalf

Why you don’t like changes to your design from The Oatmeal. One boobie logo coming right up…


Adobe -> Canvas

One for the geeks:

In other words, you draw in Illustrator, copy and paste into Dreamweaver (which converts it to code), and the art displays as vector art in a web browser. What’s more, the engineer proceeded to actually bind XML data to the chart.

Article and demo vid over at John Nack’s blog.



It almost sounds over the top. But it isn’t.

(via Creative Review)


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