Ten Things

29 Sep 2010

You’d be hard pressed to find anything design-related that Milton Glaser has written that wouldn’t be worth reading, and rereading, and rereading a few more times. His Ten Things I Have Learned essay is no exception.

3. Some people are toxic, avoid them
Here is the test: You have spent some time with this person, either you have a drink or go for dinner or you go to a ball game. It doesn’t matter very much but at the end of that time you observe whether you are more energised or less energised. Whether you are tired or whether you are exhilarated. If you are more tired then you have been poisoned. If you have more energy you have been nourished. The test is almost infallible and I suggest that you use it for the rest of your life.

8. Doubt is better than certainty
Everyone always talks about confidence in believing what you do. I remember once going to a class in yoga where the teacher said that, spirituality speaking, if you believed that you had achieved enlightenment you have merely arrived at your limitation. I think that is also true in a practical sense.

On a related note, Frank Chimero posted some fantastic advice for graphic design students not to long ago.

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