Taking a brief break from writing because I’ve got like 847656483 things to read. If all I do is write and never read, I’ll become an awfully boring writer. Before I take this break (which could be 2 days or could be 12 days, you never know), I want to leave you with a sentiment from Michael Bierut of Design Observer. I picked up his book, 79 short essays on design (basically a best-of-the-blog), and in the first paragraph of the first essay he says:
Graphic Designers are lucky. As the people who structure much of the world’s communications, we get to vicariously partake of as many fields of interest as we have clients. In a single day, a designer talk about real estate with one client, cancer cures with another, and forklift trucks with a third.
Librarians get to enjoy this same privledge, whether they are librarians designing service interfaces and creating pathfinders or they are organizing programs and working at reference desks. It is our responsibility to be well-rounded. There’s nothing worse than when a profession or subject matter gets too self-absorbed, too introspective. I know that I’ve always been annoyed by art that is about art… the kind of stuff that you have to have a degree in art history and know the work of 4 other people just to relate to the piece. Libraries and librarians with libro-centric tunnel vision should look to this attitude that Beirut is putting out there. We’ll all be better at our jobs if we do this.
So, like I said, I’m going to read some other stuff for a while. I’ll be back.
One other thing:
Just became aware that John Maeda will be doing the AIGA NY Fresh Dialogue 24. That will be awesome. Go to it.