Sympathy is Medicine

Frank Chimero gives advice to his design students, but it’s just as applicable to anyone else doing something else with their lives.

The best communicators are gift-givers.

Don’t become dependent on having other people pull it out of you while you’re in school. If you do, you’re hosed once you graduate. Keep two books on your nightstand at all times: one fiction, one non-fiction.

Develop a point of view. Think about what experiences you have that many others do not. Then, think of what experiences you have that almost everyone else has. Then, mix those two things and try to make someone cry or laugh or feel understood.

Think of every project as an opportunity to learn, but also an opportunity to teach.

Take things away until you cry. Accept most things, and reject most of your initial ideas. Print it out, chop it up, put it back together. When you’re aimlessly pushing things around on a computer screen, print it out and push it around in real space. Change contexts when you’re stuck. Draw wrong-handed and upside down and backwards. Find a good seat outside. […]

If you meet a person who cares about the same obscure things you do, hold on to them for dear life. Sympathy is medicine.

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