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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Alan Moore on Design: Inspiration for a New Year


I stumbled on Alan Moore's thoughtful contribution to the "DO" series of small, inspiring books.  DO/DESIGN: Why Beauty is Key to Everything" had me at the first paragraph:

"I have always been fascinated by beautiful things: architecture, furniture, books.  Beautiful things are prepared with love. The act of creating something of beauty is a way of bringing good into the world.  Infused with optimism, it says simply: Life is worthwhile."

Try following a line like that!  Oh wait, he did:

"The effort to create enduring beauty is not dependent on style but truth...Beauty is life-affirming, it gives back to create more life."

Those of us blessed (or cursed, or both) with a calling to creative work, whatever our discipline or medium,  realize early on that it's a search for truth or it's nothing.  Moore's insights into that search are penetrating, instructive and inspiring.  True to its concept, this little book is also elegant and efficient in its language; it can be read in a single sitting (or two).  I recommend picking it up.

Cheers!

6 comments:

  1. I love this! I agree I agree I agree. I will definitely snag one of these.

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  2. James, so amazing this book! I went to Amazon and read the sample and then bought the kindle version. So needed on a day when it seems like the world is in that famous hand basket! Thanks so much for sharing this book with us. Alan Moore does have a beauty in his words and thoughts!

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    1. I’m so glad you did this! And glad it spoke to you. Wonderful!

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  3. Thanks for the recommendation Jin. It’s going on my wishlist!

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  4. you did see your urban sketch about hurricane Irma made the national news on NBC on January 20th I hope. Wow.

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    1. I DID see it, and NBC was kind enough to send me a link to the story. Thanks for the heads up!

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