marc johns’ visual mantra (+ post-it note art)

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We found this on Marc Johns’ website the recently. His own words tell its story better than we ever could:

I wrote this in my sketchbook the other day, as a reminder/statement/ mantra to myself. I used to spend all day in front of a computer, emailing, photoshopping, designing, layout-ing, etc. I enjoyed being a designer (and making things with pixels and code is great), but personally, I still needed to use my hands, even if it was just to make some marks on paper. That’s why I started drawing on post-it notes. They were small and quick and raw and immediate and I could do them on my lunch break. I craved the spontaneity, the imperfections of ink bleeding on paper, of lines not matching up, of things being not quite centered. No grids. Unpolished. Hand made.

I need to always be making things. Are you a maker?

We love the idea of using post-it notes to draw on, in lieu of nothing at all. We found this one especially to-the-point:

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We’d prefer to draw or write little poems on white post-it notes. They’re curiously rare, but we found some here.  We also like these safari-print-edged sticky notes. While we were hunting them down, we came across this white sticky note room at Design for Mankind.

Another way to use your hands…

Related posts: d-i-y post-it table
at last, the right size sticky note (to buy or d-i-y)
doodles and drawings as on-demand textile designs
the best fabric pen for ‘drawing just for fun’
‘they draw and cook’, the visual recipe sitex 

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