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.