A Note from James Victore

“Note to young designers: Push yourself away from your computer screen. Go outside and walk to the closest art supply store. Buy yourself some black markers, some pencils, charcoal and one of those eight-by-ten sketch books with the black covers. Start to sketch and write everywhere you go – on trains and buses; waiting for friends at the bar; before, during and after dinner; during business meetings; while on the phone. If you forget your pad, napkins will suffice. Draw hundreds of thumbnails, write lists of ideas, experience the legacy of graphic design not as history, but as an essential part of your experience. Once you have coalesced all this into a deeply personal style you can get back to work.”

— James Victore (via Graphis, mid-1990s)