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Dealing With Yourself as a Designer: Creative Blocks

My biggest frustration as a designer has always been the dreaded creative block. I’m all set to work on a project, and as I sit down (or stand up, with my new standing desk- woohoo!) to start working on ideas, and suddenly: Nothing. I’ll spend the next hours (or sometimes even days) banging my head against this creative wall, hoping that something jars loose and I can actually get started. And of...

Design is Not Art (And That’s a Good Thing)

When I first started in design I was a very insecure designer. I didn’t yet have much experience and was still very rough around the edges as far as my technique and skills were concerned. It was difficult to feel confident about anything that I was doing. But even deeper I always seemed to struggle with trying to justify my then nascent profession. When people would ask what I did for a living...

How Art Keeps You In Purgatory

Beauty has a way of transfixing our attention, and in some cases even transfiguring it. Art in its myriad forms can promise transcendence, as it beckons the viewer to the Beauty behind all beauty. In this sense it can be a rung on the ladder to the divine; sometimes a stark and shocking vision of glory that shakes off the encrustation of the mundane, and sometimes a subtle and persistent reminder...

If The Church is Rockin’, Don’t Come Knockin’

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] If I ever manage to reach my golden years, I have great hopes of being a curmudgeon. A writer whose name I have forgotten mentioned that being a curmudgeon takes a fair amount of practice, and thus I consider this post an investment in my future curmudgeoniness. Being heavily...

The Blasphemy of the Cliché

I am always indignant with poor artists when I see our Lord himself painted with an ugly form, and I am afraid that I may find myself in the same position if I dare to set out such a beautiful theme in rude and contemptible language.[1. St. Anselm, Cur Deus Homo] With these words St. Anselm prefaces his work Cur Deus Homo– Why God Became Man. In what follows he will attempt to expound the...

Always Beautiful

I recently wrote an article for CreationSwap.com entitled Always Beautiful. This particular post is the latest in a sort of running series I have going there dealing with the philosophical and theological underpinnings of art and beauty. In Always Beautiful I briefly look at the concept of the beautiful as explored in a passage from Dionysius the Areopagite and as it relates to the beautiful in...

Art and a Deal with the Devil

I happened across an interesting insight yesterday while sitting in a waiting room. I have never read Faust, and so I opened it up on my phone to start reading. I have a fairly vague notion of the overall plot of the book, and so when I started reading I was unsure if I was reading some kind of preface, the wrong book, or something else entirely. I discovered that Faust begins with a prelude in...

The Art of Purgatory

To course across more kindly waters now, my talent’s little vessel lifts her sails, leaving behind herself a sea so cruel; and what I sing will be that second kingdom, in which the human soul is cleansed of sin, becoming worthy of ascent to Heaven.[1. Dante, Purgatorio, Canto 1.1-3] Dante’s Divine Comedy is perhaps best known for its first part- Inferno– in which Dante is led by the...

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