ARTicle #9 - 10/21/18

It's always interesting to me how one week can be a struggle to find relevant stories and content to share (usually because the news feed is jammed with crap everyone is tired of hearing about), and then other times there is so much good stuff, it's hard to squeeze it all in. This is one of those weeks.

Welcome theARTicle

Don't speak

What do you say to Paula Scher, one of the most influential graphic designers of our lifetime, when she's trying to tell you how to be better at your work? Nothing, just shut up and listen.

If you open your mouth one more time...

My son and I are both active in our local judo dojo. I am on the board and have recently been tasked with more of the direct communication with members, but our sensei wants to make sure we focus on referrals more than actively recruiting new members from outside the circle. Ok, no problem—it's a tough challenge, but I'm up for it. Should I start with big incentives or viral videos? 

Absolute power corrupts absolutely

I can already feel myself getting rich with a power hungry attitude toward type offenders.

Rub one out

When I was a kid, my mom had stacks and stacks of Letraset, the transfer lettering packs that typesetters and designers used to mockup layouts back before the advent of the first Macintosh computer. If I knew now that those pages would become relics to cherish, I would have hoarded them in a private collection, either to use or sell off for millions of dollars on eBay. This historical collection at Sheffield Institute of the Arts will have to maintain serious security against potential felonious designers (like myself if I were in England).


The Casey Neistat video that makes me feel like a massive underachiever. I'm going now to set my alarm for an hour earlier than before.

The rich and absurd

I do not watch a lot of television these days, and I rarely look forward to new shows, but a new art documentary entitled "The Price of Everything" is coming to HBO, and dares to pull back the curtain on the art market in a way previously not explored. I can't wait to find out why my paintings aren't selling for millions at Sotheby's.

The other Murakami

I don't read a lot of fiction novels, but I am intrigued by certain authors just enough to want to read them, even if I never do. Harumi Murakami is one of those authors where I've been intrigued to want to read more, but have never committed myself to it for fear of picking the wrong book to start. This definitive guide to this Murakami (not this one) helps solve that problem.

The loneliest spot on the sofa

I have a small quandary right now. I told myself I'm not going to go out to the coffee shop to work at least for the rest of October. The problem is that I enjoy the time at the coffee shop, both for the coffee, and something about the noisy environment helps me stay focused on the work. So for now, I park myself on the sofa in my home and hope I still remember how to make stuff while sitting on the couch. I think artist Alex Proba would be able to relate.

For whom the bell tolls

It wasn't a matter of if, but when. The leadership of Barnes & Noble are now looking for an exit strategy, and hoping some kind soul with lots of money (and no sense) wants to purchase the bloated retail bookseller. I showed this to a friend who is having a book published in 2019, and understandably, she was not thrilled.


This video, just so I can make you say, "I want my three minutes and twelve seconds back."


That's it for this week.

Until next time, be good today.

Be even better tomorrow.



TheARTicleDave Conrey