Lou Dorfsman on creativity

“Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.”

— Lou Dorfsman

W.B. Yeats on magic

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

— W.B. Yeats

Jenny Holzer in 1991

A short excerpt from an interview in a 1991 issue of Blitz magazine with Jenny Holzer:

Targeted by artist and populist propagandist Jenny Holzer in slogans, the capitalist corporations and collectors, the art elite and art-buying banks, respond simply and swiftly: they simply buy the stuff.

Know your enemy is one thing, invest in her is altogether more effective: it not only challenges art’s ability to disturb or subvert, it derides the substance of her work and questions whether Holzer – one of art’s most fêted subversives – has made any genuine impact at all.

“Have I reformed any bankers you mean? It’s a good question. I doubt it. The first hazard of notoriety is that they just think, ‘Oh, maybe I can make some money off this.’ You question if you’re just helping someone make money who probably has a lot of it already…

The work has the most impact anonymously on the street, when they’re not thinking about whether it’s ‘art’ or not. They confront the content. I try to hit the issues which people actually live or die by.”

— (via)

Howard Hawks on directing

“All I’m doing is telling a story. I don’t analyze or do a lot of thinking about it. I work on the fact that if I like somebody and think they’re attractive, I can make them attractive. If I think a thing’s funny, then people laugh at it. If I think a thing’s dramatic, the audience does. I’m very lucky that way. I don’t stop to analyze it. We just made scenes that were fun to do. I think our job is to make entertainment. “

— Howard Hawks (via Hawks on Hawks)

Lessons from UbuWeb

“In a world of money-crazed start-ups and surveillance capitalism, copyright madness and abuse, UbuWeb represents an island of culture. It shows what a single person, with dedication and focus, can achieve.

There are lessons to be drawn from this:

  1. Keep it simple and avoid constant technology updates. UbuWeb is plain HTML, written in a text-editor.
  2. Even a website should function offline. One should be able to take the hard disk and run. Avoid the cloud – computers of people you don’t know and who don’t care about you.
  3. Don’t ask for permission. You would have to wait forever, turning yourself into an accountant and a lawyer.
  4. Don’t promise anything. Do it the way you like it.
  5. You don’t need search engines. Rely on word-of-mouth and direct linking to slowly build your public. You don’t need complicated protocols, digital currencies or other proxies. You need people who care.
  6. Everything is temporary, even after 20 years. Servers crash, disks die, life changes and shit happens. Care and redundancy is the only path to longevity.”

UbuWeb, 1996-2024

— (via)

Lou Danziger on process

“I decided, given what I perceived to be the current climate of trendy graphic excess, to solve this problem in the most direct way possible. No color, no graphic devices. I set out to demonstrate the power of the simple poetic image informed by a concept…

One always does one’s best work for the clients who love you.”

— Lou Danziger (via Print Casebooks 9)

Lynda Barry on comp noteboks

“Your composition notebook is a place where the back of your mind knows it can meet up with you. I think of the composition notebook as a place where the back of the mind knows it has a place to come forward. My teacher, Marilyn Frasca, taught me how to do this.”

— Lynda Barry

Alan Fletcher on decorating

“[Robert] Brownjohn had a nice wall in his flat, crap he’d picked off the streets and arranged to make the alphabet. He was very pleased when he found an ‘H’ or whatever. And he had a milk crate that he used as a magazine rack, rolling up the magazines and shoving them in. He was very pleased with it. That’s part of our generation, making do with what’s around, because you couldn’t find anything.”

— Alan Fletcher (via Sex and Typography)

Austin Kleon on seeking

“I’m always trying to seek out things that help me fall in love rather than out of love with the world.”

— Austin Kleon