You cannot save the world. But if we do allow beauty, if we don’t kill movies and concerts and ballets and books we still have a chance.
Liv Ullmann
People don’t want to look at advertising. People want to get entertained intellectually.
Tony Palladino
Find a way to remove that anxiety and pressure. Just do your best, the same way that you would try to do your best with anything, like making spaghetti. Basically, I think life is way more knuckleheaded than people make it out to be. It’s making spaghetti, and then it’s sitting with someone and having spaghetti. That’s basically all life is.
Dave Hill
I’m always apprehensive when I begin work each day. After a lifetime of this, I still can’t get it clear that the actual of process of writing tends to ease the fear.
Bruce Jay Friedman
I’ve heard that, in the early days, nobody in U2 could really play their instruments. But that became sort of central to what they were doing. They played around that fact, essentially. That resonates with me: this idea of deeply musical, deeply feeling people who maybe don’t have virtuosic technical skills but who are able to make what they do work for them.
Author George Saunders with an opinion that takes a different approach to Saul Bass and his advice to students.
Don’t become brokenhearted. Don’t quit. If you believe you can do it, you can do it. It’s so easy to be hurt. It’s so easy to quit. Don’t quit. Do it again. And then again. Don’t stop.
Mel Brooks
You hate to admit it, but it’s all about luck. […] ‘It’s all hard work.’ Well, yes, it is always hard work, but there are a lot of people who work very hard and are unlucky and they get screwed.
Henry Beard, novelist and founder of the National Lampoon
An excerpt from 79 Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut. There’s more to learn about design by looking outside the industry and into the world around us.

An excerpt from 79 Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut. There’s more to learn about design by looking outside the industry and into the world around us.

It kind of defines what the relationship is always going to be: a comedian versus the executive. A funny person with one expertise and a business person with another. If either one tells the other how to do their job, tensions surface. So, you have to figure out a way to work together or trust things. You have to have a certain pragmatic and diplomatic personalty, because if you fight with somebody, you have to remember, first of all, an executive’s job is on the line. You also have to remember that it’s not your money. If it’s your money, you can do whatever you want. But you have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, and nobody wants a writer coming in to their office, or into their world, regarding them as an idiot. That’s not healthy, and some people starting out have an attitude that they’re going to war against decades of past battles. There’s always a virtue to listening, and there are intelligent people in Hollywood. You have to be a politician and a diplomat. Also, a human being.
Alan Spencer
One of the reasons for the movie industry trend away from illustration at this time was the view that it would look like an animated film if the poster was painted. Strange reasoning, since most film posters through the seventies and eighties were painted no matter what the genre.
Andrea Alvin discussing the move away from hand painted key-art to photo composites in the early 90s.