I found Rick Morris to be an interesting character, and a relatable one at that.
I was able to empathize with Rick’s situation because I also have some interest in going into freelance work, and his perspective was valuable. I attempted to find a way to relate to his ideas, and there was a particular point that stuck with me. Morris described his workflow, which often starts with a sense of randomness, with elements just thrown together. I too have found this to be the best way to work creatively, as often inspiration will strike after pushing things around in an intermediate and unfinished state. Morris states that he never knows the end result when he starts working, and that unexpected endings make for great art, especially motion-based pieces.
On a more pathetic note, I feel like I would have benefitted more from this if I actually had any design skills whatsoever. For example, Morris emphasizes the importance of learning to draw, because it helps you develop an understanding of how to complete the physical form of all objects. I cannot draw, nor will I ever be able to learn, because my hands are shaky and I am a failure when it comes to art. While Morris sketches and doodles with images, I jot and scribble ideas based in concept with words.
Other things Morris said that I found interesting:
There are three components essential to design and beyond. Graphic, physical, architectural. They live independently but combine beautifully.
-Inspiration should be drawn from things beyond computers or the internet
-Use music as an inspiration. No telling where inspiration comes from. Depends on your mood and the type of day you’re having.
– Your brain is a factory, your hands are tools
-Clients’ needs are becoming more expansive
-Personal endeavors can be used in order to inspire future prospective clients (why a portfolio is important). Get visible.