Wisdom from Saul Bass ~ “Even if nobody cares…”
Saul Bass (1920-1996) Quotations ~ “Even if nobody cares…”
I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.Saul Bass
This quote serves a personal reminder. I have to create for myself, to craft my words and images as art for their own sake…
I will enjoy making a beautiful blog, full of wonderful content, even if nobody cares!
Interesting things happen when the creative impulse is cultivated with curiosity, freedom and intensity.Saul Bass
“You see an artist, a creative person, can accept criticism or can live with the criticism much more easily than with being ignored. Criticism makes you feel alive. If somebody is bothered enough to speak vituperatively about it, you feel you have touched a nerve and you are at least ‘in touch.’ You are not happy that he doesn’t like it, but you feel you are in contact with life.”
~ Saul Bass
Saul Bass ~ Radical by Design
“Try to reach for a simple, visual phrase that tells you what the picture is all about and evokes the essence of the story.”
“Have you ever thought that radical ideas threaten institutions, then become institutions, and in turn reject radical ideas which threaten institutions?”
“The nature of process, to one degree or another, involves failure. You have at it. It doesn’t work. You keep pushing. It gets better. But it’s not good. It gets worse. You got at it again. Then you desperately stab at it, believing ‘this isn’t going to work.’ And it does!”
“I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.”
Michael on Saul Bass
All my schooling was designed to get me ready for a career in medicine. I have a natural aptitude for science, so it seemed my career path was obvious. In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve never been good with taking the obvious path…
As a result, I’m a bit of a frustrated artist. Not to mention, completely self-taught in all things artistic. My last bit of formal training in art was all the way back in 8th grade.
I had to learn some basic graphic design skills when working as a political campaign manager. I never worked for a well financed candidate. My background in community organizing made me more valuable for low budget campaigns.
Working under those conditions, it was necessary to cut every expenditure to the bone. So, I began designing our campaign and fundraising flyers myself. Professional design services were simply a luxury we could not afford.
I’m not the kind of person to throw something together and say ‘good enough’. With a job to do, but no training I decided to give myself a crash course in graphic design. That’s where I discovered Saul Bass.
Saul Bass was a design genius. I’m not artistic enough to completely emulate his style. It takes at least a bit of artistic genius to imitate a Master like Bass, and my genius is elsewhere. But, there’s no doubt he was an influence…