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Making Choices by Not Making Choices

I had a discussion with my dad that revolved around this bit of fact: Life is a constant choice. What to do with it? How you react to things? How you view the world? Over the past few months, I’ve thought about that on every level. Professionally. Personally. Family. Love. Passions.

I’m not any further in developing the next steps in most of those things. But I know I’m choosing to not make any decisions – to not react on the whims that I used to be fueled by – and that, in and of itself, is a choice.

Rehearsal Invite Design

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One of my favorite things about getting married is the little design projects that Alana and I had to do together. We both have a very similar design aesthetic – something that should totally be added to the requirements of a good couple – and it’s been such an easy process putting it all together.

This rehearsal invite was a bit more me. I wanted something simple and modern and took cues from one of my favorite design memes – the helvetica list/Roll Call.

I first discovered it back in my Okayplayer days and Questlove had a shirt with the original members of New Edition on it. It had to have been before Feb of 2004, because he can be seen wearing it in the famous John Mayer skit on the Chappelle Show – but I remember seeing a picture or something with that shirt prior to that. Regardless, apparently the origins go back to around 2001 – according to this article on Design Memes/The Helvetica List on How Design.

I’ve owned various versions of this shirt over the years – the Kendrick Lamar verse from Big Sean’s Control.

Alana came in with the suggestion of the heart – which really completes the design. I had sent it to her and felt that it was a bit staid for a fun event. She suggested taking the heart from the informational side of the invite and cropping it in instead of the ampersand between our names. It was a inspired suggestion and brought it together perfectly. Just that hint of color and the emotive aspect of the heart really make this feel much more like a special occasion than the roll call list would be on it’s own. They came out perfectly – printing done by Minted.com – are arriving on the doorsteps of our close family and friends as I write this. Only a few more months before the big event and it’s becoming more real by the minute…

Visualize…

I’ve been thinking a lot about things lately. The things that motivate me and fulfill me. I feel underwhelmed with things lately. Looking for creative inspiration or something to change up the mundane in my world right now. It’s a visual solution. Something something photography, perhaps? Something something film? Perhaps painting? drawing? Comics? I don’t know. I know that it’s not words. If it was words, I could communicate it easily. Words never really have failed me. But now, I see something. Or maybe just feel something. Building up inside of me. Hopefully I can bring it to life soon.