Throughout my job search, I’ve found that it’s all too easy to become jaded; sometimes, I find myself struggling to reignite my passion for design and remember why I chose advertising as a viable career in the first place.
And while it’s true that my hunt for employment has been taxing, there are brief, liberating moments each week — often, each day — that remind me why I ventured down this path.
Since the September 6th launch of her new book, Grace Bonney has unknowingly given me many of these wonderful reminders. Bonney and the rest of the lovely ladies behind Design*Sponge are all about seizing opportunities, solving problems, sharing perspectives and curating a comprehensive collection of some of the best design work — interior, graphic and otherwise — on the planet.
Many in the design world have anxiously anticipated the arrival of Design*Sponge at Home, and now that it’s here, Bonney and her team have given us all something to cheer about. Absolutely gorgeous from cover to cover, the book showcases countless examples of innovative and creative design and artistry. Both a resource and work of art, it is a rare fusion of design inspiration, education and appreciation. Watch the Design*Sponge promo video below:
Beyond the book, Bonney herself is a true inspiration. I’ve been following her blog for years, but only since embarking on a somewhat unsuccessful job search have I truly begun to appreciate her work. She — along with many others like her — has inadvertently taught me that in the field of design, agency life isn’t the only life. She’s shown me that with a commitment to my craft, a clear vision, some serious dedication and remarkable time management skills, I can build my own successful — and independent — career from the ground up.
Since the book’s launch, Design*Sponge at Home has received rave reviews. And each time I read an encouraging comment, see another photo of the book displayed in a reader’s home or hear about the creative process that resulted in such an amazing product, I remember why I entered this amazing field:
I wanted to inspire people. To create and collaborate. To see projects from conception to completion. To uncover beauty in the most ordinary of objects. To strategize. To really hunker down with a thought, a concept or a vision, massage it again and again, and emerge with something greater. Then finally, to bring that idea into reality — to turn the intangible into something tangible and make the world just a little brighter.