Sunday, September 2, 2012

ATCs: Aphorisms

"The weeds will win in the end." —Walt Whitman
As far back as the days of Hippocrates [c. 460 - 370 BC] great thinkers, philosophers and poets alike have imparted practical and insightful views of life that stop us in our thoughts, and often bring a smile to our faces. "Aphorisms," concise and memorable statements containing a subjective truth, was the theme of the August FiberAntics ATC swap

As a typographer and long time typeface aficionado, I love these kinds of ATC themes because words and letters—mechanically or calligraphically produced—can be a focal point in the artwork. It gives me an opportunity to peruse various typefaces, experiment with typographic options, and choose something appropriate for the text or message. (Ohhh, I did my thesis in typography and the affects of typefaces on messages... many moons ago... but I digress...)

Here are the ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for this month. I hope you enjoy the creatively and typographically illustrated bits of pithy wisdom from these ATC artists.
"The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of." —Blaise Pascal
"So go for the jump and chase all your dreams." —Mark van Essen
"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep
because reality is finally better than your dreams." —Dr. Seuss
"When in Memphis, do as the Memphians do... eat BBQ." 
"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money." —Pablo Picasso
"Thought forms in the soul the same way clouds form in the air." Joseph Joubert
"Our greatest misfortunes come to us from ourselves." —Jean-Jaques Rousseau
"The only real currency we have is time."
"Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly." —Aristotle
"Time lost is never found again."
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." —Henry David Thoreau
"The only way to be a friend is to be one." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells." —Dr. Seuss
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