It's WEEK FIVE of Curious Quotes Season Two. This week's theme is CLARITY. As I was looking for this week's quotes, it occurred to me that quotes about clarity tend to be a lot longer than I usually care to use for this project. I suppose that explaining clarity just requires a lot of words. Which is rather ironic. To reduce the visual noise, I tried to keep the slides as clean and clear as possible. So here are five quotes from Pericles, Mies van der Rohe, Diane von Ferstenberg, Wynton Marsalis, and Vincent Van Gogh.
This quote from Greek statesman, Pericles, provides a good companion to the Helen Keller quote on Vision from last week's collection. I wanted to keep this slide as clean as possible. I chose the font Trajan Pro for that engraved stone feel.
Ok, this is a LOT of text. You should really never put this much text on a slide. Yet, I really loved the sentiment of this quote from one of my favorite architects and designers Mies van der Rohe. Here you see one of his iconic chair designs. What I like about his quote is how he focuses on moving students FROM the undesirable TO the desirable. His therefore statement adds THROUGH to emphasize that learning is a process.
Diane von Furstenberg is a revolutionary fashion designer who transformed women's fashion with the wrap dress. The background of this slide is the chainlink pattern that was the print of one of her first designs. This slide and the previous one use the Futura font.
I have always deeply appreciated Wynton Marsalis for incredible talent and for honoring and preserving classic jazz music. Here Marsalis talks about the importance of setting himself up for a successful incubation period. It is not just about letting things rest in your mind and waiting for them. Instead, he suggests that we write them down and then let them percolate.
We end this week's collection with a colorful slide from Vincent Van Gogh. It works as a companion to the previous quote from Marsalis. The background image is of course from Starry Night. Instead of using the whole image, I chose to use part of the image by using an ultra high resolution image available from the Google Art Project. When we immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature and the moment, everything disappears and we can become one with the experience.