Up until a few years ago the game of basketball was by far the greatest love and passion in my life. Then I met Art, she was new and exciting and I cheated on Basketball with Art and ended up leaving Basketball for Art for a while.
Putting all male chauvinist references aside, I felt, for some reason, that the two could not coexist peacefully, that I just had to be in love with one. Of course this was a foolish notion as basketball has inspired countless artists and designers to produce quality works of art and design.
Being a successful coach and player it is time to let basketball and that culture be a big part of my life again. There are too many opportunities both on the court and off the court that are calling me back to the game. I believe some of those opportunities involve marrying art, design, and basketball in a creative and unique way.
I bring this up because I have shut out my involvement with basketball from this blog and other areas of my “social media network”. And I think the art I create and how I observe, curate, and critique art has suffered as a result. I am an artist, I want to be a graphic designer and teach graphic arts and basketball at the high school and some day college level. These goals and who I want to be in this world has always been a big part of what this blog is about.
Therefore elements of my love for basketball is going to invade everything that it hasn’t before. This blog, the art I create, what I write about, what I pursue professionally etc. I hope you don’t stop following me if you see an occasional bball post in the fray of art and culture postings.
“Design is an art of situations. Designers respond to a need, a problem, a circumstance, that arises in the world. The best work is produced in relation to interesting situations – an open-minded client, a good cause, or great content.”—Ellen Lupton (via itsmecar)
The Atlantic’s Tumblr (which is great by the way) is doing a series of posts called “What People Don’t Understand About My Job” where readers can submit short paragraph or two describing what they do and how people don’t appreciate to value it. The submissions so far have been fairly interesting, but, naturally, the graphic designer post caught my eye. After lamenting about how we are undervalued and often work in less than glamorous conditions, the writer offers up a thoughtful evaluation of the field:
Design isn’t a job, a career, or a calling. It’s a total lifestyle. We dominate decision making that is about cultural construction and make-up: music, food, bikes, clothing. You can’t walk down the street and safely guess who’s a doctor or lawyer, but you can guess who has an interest in graphic design.
I love what I do. I wouldn’t change much about what I do. Some people can’t go vegetarian, I can’t stop thinking or practicing design.
Well said. If you can’t understand that, you might need another job.