Collection of artworks from my fellow students of the 2016 Art class
My good friend Alan Moore (@alansmlxl) from the flatlands of Cambridge recently published a great book on “Why beauty is key to everything” (Amazon Affiliates link).
It’s a great book, and as a teaser, here are some of my highlights out of the book:
Harmony, symmetry and maths all point to this atomic elegance.
A job well done is not based upon watching the clock or fighting time – but in giving oneself to the task
Their work transformed common objects into works of uncommon grace
I believe great work comes from a place of stillness where one’s focus is total on the action in hand, directed fully by the heart.
We need to open our senses to all that surrounds us
To be and to remain deeply intensely curious about our world is vital to original thinking, whereas the incurious face a rather dim future. To have a hungry heart and mind determines what it is we create
The interface with design is humanity
I don’t need to draw conclusions, I am happy for the thoughts to be half-formed but present
Do not work with people who don’t want beautiful, who wish to cut corners to increase profitability. Who, more dangerously, bring neither elegance nor grace to their work and their working environment, but the opposite.
The danger for the leader comes if you cannot truly love yourself. If you are at war with yourself then you will be unable to lead others with empathy and compassion. You may pretend – but you will always be found out
If you want more of this, Alan is organising on 27 Sep 2016 a workshop in London around the idea of, what would your business look like were it to be more beautiful?
Why should you come? You might be stuck in working out what direction to go in. Or seeking a more inspiring vision. Or trying to find new ways to make money. Or working out what your new technology can truly give to the world. You might be launching a precious new business, or working to rebuild an old one. Or a thousand other things besides. We will help you to:
- See your work through a new lens
- Get to grips with beautiful ways of making your business work better
- Understand the value of beauty in designing experiences
- See how beauty and utility can work together for success
- Understand how great design is about the quality of your thinking, not the size of your wallet.
The gathering in a beautiful old church in Bishopsgate, London. A remarkable space in the centre of skyscrapers.
I read the book, and if the workshop is as good as the book, I strongly recommend it. More info about the event here. Enjoy
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