Russell Shaw

Journal Articles

A collection of thoughts and musings about art, design, and the creative industry from over the years. I have edited them here and there, but mostly kept them all in-tact as a reference — more for myself than anything else — of where my mind has been along the way.

I believe that developing writing skills is a good exercise, if not an essential one, for designers or for anyone that works in the field of communication.

“‘We need more true mystery in our lives, Hem,’ he once said to me. ‘The completely unambitious writer and the really good unpublished poem are the things we lack most at this time. There is, of course, the problem of sustenance.’”

— Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

September 2016

Four years ago, I experienced a moment that is rare to most people: the chance to hang out with my idol.

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July 2015

Your logo is the container other people fill over time.

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December 2014

Brands should know how to create materials that are lively, amusing, creative, playful, irreverent or even subversive.

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March 2014

Good design cannot fix bad content.

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October 2013

The work of brand design is not creating a logo – it’s creating a visual voice.

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August 2013

There is a bit of magic to the process of making an idea.

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June 2013

Delightful design makes design that is worth sharing.

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May 2013

A better understanding is needed about the difference between design and decoration.

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May 2013

Powerful design creates an inner-dialogue in the viewer.

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A Guest Post by Kyle Taubken

“Relentless and unshakeable.”

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April 2013

Or “Why I Tend To Think My Work Is Crap Over Time.”

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March 2013

When we involve others, we force ourselves to really work through our ideas more clearly.

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March 2013

The idea, the work, the time, the energy, and the skill should show through in everything that we make.

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July 2011

It is simple. It is subtle. It is obvious yet somehow still ingenious.

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April 2011

Sometimes creativity possesses us. Sometimes it’s hard work that takes just showing up again and again.

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All things must come to an end.

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