Victore, or Who Died and Made You Boss?

This past Thursday a couple of my classmates and I hopped in a car and headed to Kansas State University in Manhattan to attend the James Victore lecture. James doesn't like to identify himself as an artist or a designer so there's no easy way to describe him except that he's a man who puts baby chicks on books, bunnies on girls and has an awesome mustache. Take a look!

The lecture was framed around his book, Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss, which covered his early book designs where he admits his struggles with Typography to his later pieces for the MOMA. His work is unconcerned with perfection, but strongly believes in always making a statement. According to Victore, perfection stops us from starting projects and finishing them, it slows down our progression as an individual and makes our work uninteresting. Throughout the lecture he stressed the idea of never working for money because the money will come and always ask for more, whether it be money, creativity, time or a letter for your mom from the MOMA. There was one other point Victore made that really resonated with me. He had mentioned something along the line of if you don't put your all into your work, then you're giving up the gift that was given to you. Overall, his confidence, energy, and personable nature as a speaker was very inspiring, it was definitely worth the drive.

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