by Maria Popova
“To invent, you have to take the odd and the strange combination of the years of knowledge and experience.”
In How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer(UK; public library), Debbie Millman (previously) sits down with 20 of today’s most celebrated graphic designers to unravel the secrets of their creative process, work ethic, and general philosophy on life. The result is a kind of modern-day equivalent of the 1942 gemAnatomy of Inspiration, presenting a rare glimpse of the creative machinery behind some of today’s most talented and influential designers through conversations that reveal in equal measure their purposeful brilliance and tender humanity.
One of the most stimulating interviews is with the inimitable Paula Scher — identity and branding goddess, Pentagram partner, maker of magnificent hand-drawn maps, tireless champion of combinatorial creativity — who echoes Thoreau in this beautiful, poetic definition of success:
“If I get up every day with the optimism that I have the capacity for growth, then that’s success for me.”
read more at Why Creativity Is Like a Slot Machine | Brain Pickings.