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?).
Get Away with Shit
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.
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:
- Know the rules
- Don’t ask for permission
- Get in your work
- Have some audacity
- Listen to yourself
- Stay/Be young
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Memories of a Girl I Never Knew
I rather letter my own words horribly than someone else’s beautifully.
If you want more Graphika Manila inspiration, check out our other posts featuring other amazing artists!