Sunday, August 9, 2009
This is my inspiration bible. Five hundred and thirty three pages showcasing musings, collections, incongruities, useless information, wit and an art for looking sideways. Alan Fletcher, the late great designer and ‘visual jackdaw’, has featured on this blog before, with the nicest gates this (or that) side of the world and the prompting of some dead stick drawing.
The Art of Looking Sideways looks pretty because Alan Fletcher was a designer. But it’s not a designery tome. For me it’s a springboard to somewhere else. It’s an appreciation for the quirky, the unexpected – for finding joy in the unlikely. Because I can never solve a problem by actually thinking about it, it’s occasionally a book for prompting an around-about-and-upside-down route to a brilliant idea.
Some entirely random samplings:
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY and Z. Obviously.
Never has a scuzzy, chewed-on pencil looked more High Art.
Waste not the dregs lurking at the bottom of your cup.
Ticket stubs collected over many travelling years, possibly with anchovies.
A complete mystery to me since I live with a someone (obviously English) who thinks tea does the same thing as water.
The small text says: ‘This is my signature. I always do it slightly differently to confuse potential forgers.’
Go that way.
‘I found this fish on the beach’. Of course he did.
I own two copies.
Inspire on over to Cindy’s for more Eye Spyers...