Have you every worked with someone you found intriguing, fascinating, inspiring and challenging all at the same time?
Imagine looking forward to discussing your ideas and brainstorming with an individual knowing that he would challenge your perceptions, add his own twist and eventually end up with a well thought out and beautifully executed project.
I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with my friend, John Napolitano for over 10 years. From about 1986 to 1997 he functioned as the Art Director for my company. I never really felt that he worked for me but with me (and sometimes it seemed I worked for him).
We would discuss the merits of typefaces, explore different textures and colors of paper, debate the strategy of an ad, argue about color, evaluate design, and talk at great length about the creative process. We created some great work together.
He toured the world, took photographs, loved his family and was devoted to making our world last longer. His passing was too soon. All of us can benefit from learning how John approached life and work.
- Don’t fall in love with your first idea. Explore the many different ways you can achieve your goal.
- If everybody agrees on one way to do something, question it again to make sure that all sides are being considered.
- Feed your mind with new ideas, perspectives, colors and textures.
- Treat the planet as you would your own child; nurture it and take care of it.
- Make lists. It helps to figure out how to do things and what to do next.
- Find the beauty in life and honor it.
John enriched all the lives he touched. He will be missed.