So how did you handle the most recent Mercury retrograde? Did you have cringe-inducing miscommunications and hopelessly uninspired attempts at creating work? This time around, I prepared for it. I let go of all expectations regarding my mind and the words that come from it, pampered myself, took care of a lot of important real-life changes, and before I knew it, Mercury is about to go direct again! It’s as if I needed a retrograde so I could step back and focus on the here and now instead of living in heady la-la-land.
Even though it’s been a bummer to not produce anything fruitful, I’ve had alarming and electrifying breakthroughs in analyzing the communication happening around me — The methods others use to express themselves, what people expect from me, how I can more effectively convey my own truth. I’ve realized that I have a bad habit of embellishment. I love the details. I often treat them as though they’re more important than the grand idea. I own a million rings and stupid jewelry doodads, but only one pair of jeans, for instance. It’s time for a change! The best ideas don’t need anything more than what they are.
As a typography-centric designer, it’s easy to lose focus in the details: captions, infographics, decorative elements, etc. Here are some examples of editorial design that allows the story to simply be. Letting content express itself is much harder than making it look good.
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