An “Apple” a Day…: Steve Jobs on Perseverance.

Steve Jobs on Perseverance: an Apple Product a Day.Failure is unimportant; bouncing back from defeat is what will land you success. Keep on keeping on and trust yourself to achieve your dreams.

I’ve had so many moments where I felt like giving up, but the only thing that makes me want to continue fighting for my dream job is knowing that no one else is going to be fighting for me. All you have is you and the old saying “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” by Friedrich Nietzsche is 100% truth!

I sometimes believe every failure and disappointment we face, is just a test to prepare us to receive our success if we be deemed worthy. There’s a time of plenty and a time of scarcity. Your time of plenty is closer than you think.

Fight for that which is yours, and know that you’ll have your moment to smile in the sun (…maybe on a beach with a drink in hand too).

What mantra drives you when you encounter failure?

How Commercial Artists Evolved into Graphic Designers Thanks to Paul Rand

“Ideas do not need to be esoteric to be original or exciting.” – Paul Rand, American Graphic Designer

The 1870s ushered in the current era of logos. The first logo to be trademarked was the Bass Red Triangle in 1876. A young commercial artist would come to enter the world of logo design some 60 years later and shake things up.

Paul Rand was a remarkable talent with an illustrious career than span nearly six decades. He possessed a knack for translating numerous corporations’ visions into a memorable corporate identity with enviable staying-power. Think IBM, UPS and ABC.

His belief in the survival of a logo was that it ought to be “designed with the utmost simplicity and restraint.” The simplicity of his logo designs would never lead you to draw the conclusion that the approach was a precise one and with its origins grounded in very complex theory.

Paul Rand's eclectic logo portfolio included some of the globe's biggest brands
Paul Rand’s eclectic logo portfolio included some of the globe’s biggest brands

Rand was often times reputed in some instances for presenting only one concept to his clients because he felt that specific design was the solution to their companies’ problem(s). He left them with the option of using it or not but ensured that he was always paid for his efforts.

Some of his logo designs cost upwards of USD $100,000.00. Rand proved that not only is a graphic designer an artist, but the creative individual is equally a business problem solver.

In my opinion, he should continually be recognised as a pioneer for his contributions to design and as a graphic designer, I am very grateful to the genius that is Paul Rand.

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3 Big Dreamers Who Became Fearless Doers!

This past week I have learned some valuable lessons from three personalities from the world of business and the land of dreams through very brief interviews via Twitter. The challenge and the fun part of doing these interviews using tweets, is that the “tweeterviewee” [I made that up] only has 140 characters per tweet.

Cedella in one of her t-shirt designs inspired by her father, Bob Marley’s track of the same name

First, Cedella Marley, internationally-recognised fashion designer and daughter of the late great Bob Marley (Reggae Legend), shared with me some important lessons. Cedella professes doing what you love, following your passion and making it a reality after she spoke about her days with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. One of her most recent work (seen globally) was Jamaica’s Olympic Collection for @PUMA in London 2012.

Sandals and ATL Group CEO, Adam Stewart

My “tweeterview” with CEO, Adam Stewart of the Sandal Resorts International (SRI) brand, echoed that success only comes with a tremendous dedication to hard work and highlights how the media can sometimes trivialise the road to success by only showing “the glitz and glamour” perspective.

The final tweeterview involved notable fashion designer Lubica Slovak, known for her signature Lubica flower applique. She stated that her competitive advantage comes from doing what she loves and loving what she does. She proved too that inspiration is indeed all around us and that passion is secretly and obsession as well. In short, she has a passion for fashion.

Lubica after her showing at The Collection Moda 2013

You can never learn to be inspired by the uninspired, so why do you think you can be a dreamer when you surround yourself with people who never take the time to put their head amongst the clouds.

Dream BIG and live fearlessly!

To follow any of these personalities tweeterviewed, click on there Twitter handles below. See also their tweeterviews (below).

@cedellamarley | @AdamStewart | @LUBICAfashion

Editor’s Note: Updated on May 3, 2015

3 questions tweeted & 4 tweets with answers.