Can I Kick It?

 (The following are values I preach to myself. You might find them useful too.)

 
 
Ed Ruscha,  OOF , 1962.

Ed Ruscha, OOF, 1962.

Life is hectic. FIGUre it out. 

According to the Wu-Tang Clan, "Life as a shorty shouldn't be so rough." But sometimes it is. Embracing the chaos means rolling with the punches and turning setbacks into comebacks. Be unflappable. Keep going. 

 
Diana Vreeland in her living room, which she called "A Garden in Hell," by Horst P. Horst, 1979.

Diana Vreeland in her living room, which she called "A Garden in Hell," by Horst P. Horst, 1979.

A LITTLE Bad Taste TasteS good

Legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland said it best: "A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it's hearty, it's healthy, it's physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I'm against." 

 
Richard Pryor, Los Angeles, by Henry Dultz, 1968.

Richard Pryor, Los Angeles, by Henry Dultz, 1968.

Design is a performance. Act accordingly.

"If you're not having fun, they're not having fun." Richard Pryor gave this universally applicable advice to comedienne Tiffany Haddish when she was a teenager at comedy camp. Our energy and vibrations are contagious. Design is a visual performance, so set the tone with purpose.