Saturday, April 4, 2009

all i want

since i will be finishing grad school in a couple months, i have been thinking about jobs a lot.

sometimes i think:
"well, shoot. the economy sucks. i'll never get a job."

other times i think:
"what kind of job do i really want? what would make me happy and fulfilled?"

which leads me to think:
"i'm not so sure about this job thing. because what i think would really make me happy is to find some way to make things, and learn things, and write about things. and then somehow make that into a job."

i struggle with that urge, because i think part of me thinks it's selfish. part of me thinks i should go find some brilliant, radical way to take action and change the world. but another part of me just wants to make things, and admire things that are beautiful, and think about what beauty means. so when i saw this image i felt a little bit like someone had gone into my heart and exposed this struggle to everyone on a billboard.

it turns out this text is a haiku poem written by john maeda, a japanese-american graphic designer, visual artist, author, and computer scientist. this past year he became the president of the rhode island school of design, after leaving a job as director of research at MIT. he is interested in the intersection of technology and art, and has given some TED talks on this subject.


knack said...

I LOVE this, and I love your thoughts on the matter!

I wish you all the best in your upcoming events!

trinsch said...

i just finished his book "the laws of simplicity". loved it. there's a website for his work and thoughts on simplicity as the driving force in design, technology, business and life:

loved the haiku. i hope you find an answer. somehow, these things seem to work out the way they are supposed to be.

theworldsdresser said...

I recently went though the postgradschoolnowwhat phase. The only advice I can give you is to follow your heart. I've worked for money in the past, now I work for passion and I'm so glad I made the switch.

Shannon said...

As a grad student nearing the end myself, I can really relate to this. Sometimes, I'd rather just be making things.

Un de Six said...

This seems to be a way of life for creative people. Struggling to find a path. Follow what makes you happy!

Love the haiku.

Good luck with finishing school.

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