No one loves it

Tibor Kalman

“We live in a society and a culture and an economic model that tries to make everything look right. Look at computers. Why are they all putty-colored or off-f******-white? You make something off-white or beige because you are afraid to use any other color – because you don’t want to offend anybody. But by definition, when you make something no one hates, no one loves it. So I am interested in imperfections, quirkiness, insanity, unpredictability. That’s what we really pay attention to anyway. We don’t talk about planes flying; we talk about them crashing”.

I remember really liking this quote by Tibor Kalman when I first heard it a while back. Today I was reminded of it while listening to a great talk by Frank Chimero.

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  • http://www.thestorialist.com The Storialist

    Right on.

  • http://www.chrislanephoto.com Chris Lane

    I like this. I could see it on a T-shirt. I did struggle briefly over the spot that originally had the comma, but I agree with you leaving it out, that would put the illustration off, I think.
    By the way, I discovered your site through your business card design in CommArts, love it!

  • chris

    Thanks Chris!

  • http://www.turntherecordover.com Lisa

    I too would do almost anything for this on a t-shirt. Do you ever send your designs to clothing companies? Great stuff.

  • chris

    Thanks Lisa! I might add this to my Society6 page this weekend—where a shirt would be available ( http://www.society6.com/studio/chrispiascik/store ). Also, I do have clothing company called Print Brigade ( http://printbrigade.bigcartel.com ).

  • http://www.turntherecordover.com Lisa

    Oh that would be awesome! Do let me know when you add it. Any chance you could print it on a tank like this: http://cache.pixazza.com/product/full/413152fef3.jpeg ? I see the options are only male/female T style but I thought I’d ask.

    I’d love to profile your work on my blog sometime.

  • chris

    Hey Lisa!
    I’ll look into options for tanktops—generally if I am not having a bunch producsed it’s hard to do.

    I’d love to be profiled on your blog :)

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