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David Grey - Artful Awareness: Meditation for Creative Minds


As individuals, we wander through landscapes cultivated by thought and concept. Because of this, graphic designers have a responsibility to develop a heightened sense of perception. We are attentive to the coincidence of opposites. We embrace the combination of deliberate application, serious effort and sudden surprise. We welcome the opportunity to play with image and symbol driven narratives, liquid and concrete properties of typography and the infusion of intuition and intellect. We are contemporary mystics, reflecting the present and visualizing the future.

The sensibility of such a mystic is nurtured by exploring graphic design as contemplative art. This practice expands space and provides support for designers to genuinely see the external phenomenal world and its interconnectedness to our thoughts and agendas, our hopes and fears. We break down boundaries of language and culture by connecting one’s primordial wisdom to the essence of design elements and principles, and by doing so, we are able to recognize that the manifestation of one’s creative path is the direct reflection of the mind’s view. Graphic design becomes much more than just an application of visual communication. It becomes a way of seeing. It becomes a way of appreciating. It becomes a way of being.


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