Monthly Archives: May 2008

Be Ready for Anything

“Not everything is design. But design is about everything. So do yourself a favor: be ready for anything.”

While I was trying to fall asleep on my slightly shifted sleep schedule, I tried to read before bed again for the first time since starting my job at Peet’s. So I chose Michael Bierut’s Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design since I haven’t read anything from it ever since I got it for Christmas last year. The above quote was the last paragraph of the first short essay, “Warning: May Contain Non-Design Content”: “Not everything is design. But design is about everything. So do yourself a favor: be ready for anything.”

It just spoke to me. Well, the first part spoke to me; the second part dared me to get off my butt and to keep grinding my way (no sick pun intended) through this portfolio and website of mine. If I’m still passionate about design (which I am), I must not let it out of my sight.

And before I end this post, I’m going to cite the quote to the original source (posted 18 March 2006) as well, to the design blog Design Observer, just in case Michael Bierut comes at me demanding money for quoting him or whatever.

Flush.