Self-Reliance, And What is “Good Enough”?

Jessica Helfand has a new book coming out and invited a few friends to design different covers for it. I spent Sunday morning putting something quickly together for her that is “good enough” to deploy.

What is “good enough”?

  • Maps to constraints of time and other requirements. Time being the most important constraint.
  • Represents a thoughtful line that might make sense. Some kinds of design are meant to be puzzles.
  • Utilizes signature methods that reinforce a brand. I’ve always made everything by hand (and handtyped code).
  • Brings satisfactory goodwill to those who you respect. I felt that as a composition it honored Jessica’s request.
It started off by noticing I have a surplus of hotel sewing kits. And then wanting to make something that could easily go into a recycle bin with no adhesives.
This is where I landed. The older you get, the harder it gets to thread a needle. So … you use a needle threader and it lets you be more self reliant.

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