My father is a graphic designer and in the 1960s he was one of the lucky recipients of the famous Push Pin Graphic periodical, a promotional mailer highlighting the work of (left to right) Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast and James McMullan. Some issues of the Graphic were fold-out posters drawn in a psychedelic style typical of the period. He brought them home and I hung them on my bedroom wall. Eventually I grew up, became a designer myself, and went to work at Push Pin Studios. Life imitating art I suppose. I have the original posters to this day. Maybe I’ll go get them framed.
I was reading the book You Are Not a Gadget by the computer scientist Jaron Lanier and came across this passage: “…there is no evidence that quantity becomes quality in matters of human expression or achievement. What matters instead, I believe, is a sense of focus, a mind in effective concentration, and an adventurous individual imagination that is distinct from the crowd.”