I remember being so excited for Fridays when I was in grade school. I got way too amp'd up for them. Yes, I was extremely excited for the weekend like any little kid would be. But I was also hyped for Friday afternoons. Friday afternoon was my art period in school. Catholic grade school wasn’t too great with the arts/music/science sectors of education, so when Friday afternoons came, I relished the time. I didn’t think it was school work at all, it was what I wanted to do and it made me so freaking happy.
I can still remember a lot of the projects we had. I would slave on these projects throughout the week and rush through math/history/english just to make more time for my art project. There was a time I got accused of tracing a sketching assignment. The nuns called my mother and she had to give her word that I drew it myself. That wasn’t enough and I had to provide the original art work and then do it in class as the nuns watched me. But this has nothing to do with what I am really getting at.
One nun, in the fifth or sixth grade was giving me constant B’s. I couldn’t figure out what she had against me. I put time in my work, staying up late to think about how I can make these assignments better. How I can make my work stand out more so she would notice. I deserved an A, argggh! It seemed like I could do no right, so I started watching what other people were doing. One girl in my class seemed to be getting solid A’s throughout, and the work was not good. The only thing constant with all of her work was glitter. All of her projects were splattered with glitter, no matter what the subject matter was. Nativity scene for Christmas equaled an angel on top of the barn spraying tons of glitter out of her rear suffocating baby Jesus. INSTANT A. What did I do? I did what any kid looking for an A would do, I rushed my mom to AC MORE and grabbed the glitter deluxe package and ruined all my work. But I got that A ;)
My point is, more people need to notice that less is more. Understand that a great idea, clean design with purpose, the right font, and an understanding of color will make your message/product soar. Step back, put a cap on that glitter tube and let the artist do his/her thing. Case in point, check out Bryan at paperfoldables. His copy on the site, “Papercraft Toys by Bryan. Print. Cut. Fold. Tape.” and that’s it. Beautiful and simple. Rock on Bryan.