Graphika Manila 2016: Timothy Goodman

Even if weeks have already passed, I am still on a “Graphika Manila high”! So, here is another Graphika Manila post featuring another inspiring and influential artist. #SorryNotSorry

After his talk, Timothy Goodman has single-handedly caused black ink Sharpie to be flying out of the bookstore’s shelves. It seems like an exaggeration but when I arrived at the permanent marker aisle of the store, there were only a handful of Sharpies left and more people carrying Graphika Manila bags are heading our way. And of course, his books are out of stock both at the event and the nearby bookstores. (If anyone knows where I can find the Sharpie Art Workshop book, please comment below. And if you are oozing with generosity and would want to give this as a gift just because the world can be a better place then, I will be eternally grateful. 😀)

Who is this man you ask? Aside from being the author of the book I want so bad, Timothy Goodman is just a New-York based designer, illustrator and art director. Some of his clients are Airbnb, Google, Ford, J. Crew, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He co-wrote 40 Days of Dating, which is also now a book. (Did I mention that Warner Brothers optioned to have film rights for 40 Days of Dating?).

Timothy Goodman

Graphika Manila 2016 Timothy Goodman
Image from Graphika Manila

Get Away with Shit

Get Away with Shit by Timothy Goodman at Graphika Manila 2016 Photo by Sundae Scoops
Photo of a slide by Timothy Goodman

This man definitely knows how to grab the attention of thousands of people. He just flashed the slide with the words “Get Away with Shit”. Instantly, everyone is on the edge of their seats cheering and/or applauding; all excited to learn how to get away with shit. And, of course everyone was taking photographs of his presentation slides with adorable hand lettering.

Get Away with Shit by Timothy Goodman at Graphika Manila 2016 Photo by Sundae Scoops
Photo of a slide by Timothy Goodman

At least once in our lives, we want to get away with what we want to do; and Timothy Goodman revealed how he did it. You can get away with anything if you just take these in mind:

  1. Know the rules
  2. Don’t ask for permission
  3. Get in your work
  4. Have some audacity
  5. Listen to yourself
  6. Stay/Be young
Don't be Paralyzed by Maybes by Timothy Goodman at Graphika Manila 2016 Photo by Sundae Scoops
Photo of a slide by Timothy Goodman

And you cannot get away with shit if you are just thinking of those possibilities. Thinking about the different “maybes” will not magically turn ‘what could happen’ into realities. To achieve your goals, while keeping in mind the six rules by Timothy Goodman, do not second guess yourself and just follow what Shia LaBeouf is saying in this epic motivational speech, which you have probably watched a lot of times.

Do it! Just do it!

Back to the awesomeness that is Timothy Goodman, he highlighted how he proceeded with attaining his goals of becoming a designer.

Approach design as a practice not as a profession by Timothy Goodman at Graphika Manila 2016 Photo by Sundae Scoops
Photo of a slide by Timothy Goodman

He approached his graphic design as a practice, not as a profession. By treating design as a practice, creativity is unleashed and he found his own voice.

Finding My Voice Matters by Timothy Goodman at Graphika Manila 2016 Photo by Sundae Scoops
Photo of a slide by Timothy Goodman

For Timothy Goodman, what made him stand out is his writing of words full that are full of raw honesty (using a Sharpie on any surface). This made his works so endearing and relatable.

I rather letter my words horribly than someone else's beautifully by Timothy Goodman at Graphika Manila 2016 Photo by Sundae Scoops
Photo of a slide by Timothy Goodman

And when he said that he would rather write his own words, I was just bursting with so much admiration for his honesty. Check out his Insta-therapy posts on Instagram and see how real he can get. He was not making pretty stuff but he is writing words with so much heart, soul and voice. And that’s why we love him and his works.

Find
Photo of a slide by Timothy Goodman

At the end of the day, you just find what you love and just do it. Here are some of his works.

40 Days of Dating


12 Acts of Kindness


Sharpie Art Workshop


Design on Stuff




Insta-therapy




Memories of a Girl I Never Knew




I rather letter my own words horribly than someone else’s beautifully.

–Timothy Goodman

And if you want more Timothy Goodman awesomeness, check out and stalk his website, BehanceTwitter, Instagram and Facebook page! And you can buy his shit on his store!

If you want more Graphika Manila inspiration, check out our other posts featuring other amazing artists!

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