Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Unusually good

Hello! It's been a way too long since my last post... you know how that goes... lately I've been teaching a  few classes at Portland State University (one on Storytelling & Narrative and another for Senior Portfolio) on top of working and Portland AIGA I've gotten a little busy...good busy. Anyway, In my quest to find individuals who think about design a little differently, I came across London-based artist Daniel Eatock. He has an creative way of looking at design and approaching new work. His manifesto isn't bad either....

Begin with ideas
Embrace chance
Celebrate coincidence
Ad-lib and make things up
Eliminate superfluous elements
Subvert expectation
Make something difficult look easy
Be first or last
Believe complex ideas can produce simple things
Trust the process
Allow concepts to determine form
Reduce material and production to their essence
Sustain the integrity of an idea
Propose honesty as a solution

I really love his Holley Portraits  collection. Inspired by an old friend Richard Holley who created a unique response to the creative brief in design school. Eatock took the approach and curated a collection with the goal of producing a set of self portraits that are as formally consistent as possible, yet, when studied, reveal the individuality of their authors.  He invites anyone to submit their own portrait too. First enlarge your thumbprint and using ink along with your natural/everyday handwriting, compose text about yourself following the contour lines of your thumb print as a guide. The results are really beautiful and would be a great exercise to kick off branding yourself,  plus it makes for lovely art.


  1. How Cre8tive, Girl. Kind of M.C. Escher-ish. Very cool!

  2. Very cool! Thank you Cre8tive Girl!


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