Monday, July 16, 2012

Redesigning my Design Career

Every year I hit a point where I know, unequivocally, that I need to reinvent my image. In the process of change there are some challenges - such as what to keep from my past work and what to relegate to the files.


I am always in the process of growing, if not growing up. I hope I never loose my sense of curiosity and playfulness with regard to my work.  In the spirit of recreation here are some on my favorite designers that have survived brilliantly in a capricious industry that craves change as much as maintaining a certain status quo. As my personal redesign progresses I will be hold the brilliance of the following people as a standard to emulate.

Fleur Cowles
Founder and Editor of Flair Magazine (famous for their die-cut cover designs)

Tibor Kalman
Editor-in-chief of Colors magazine

Andy Warhol
Interview Magazine and everything he ever painted, filmed or said

Diana Vreeland
Vogue Editor, visionary, and mentor to many brilliant designers and artists

David Carson
Ground breaking typographer, designer and creator of my favorite "lost" magazine, RayGun

Finally no list of this nature would be complete without mentioning the brilliant,
Saul Bass
Film posters for Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese

This list is short and many names that should be here are not here. These are the influences of the moment not a definitive list of designers.


  1. Yes - I need to stay current so I am always rethinking and reworking my portfolio. Hemingway said writing happens in the editing. I say design happens in the process of reinvention.

  2. Great list of designers. Good luck reinventing your image!

  3. I always wonder if the people who are seen as trendsetters/rolemodels have their own lists of people they want to "be when they grow up," or if they revel in their status and just go with the flow. Also, what does the fact that we let a few people decide what the status quo is (for literally every industry) say about us? I don't even know if I think it's a bad thing... It's just interesting.