4Walls Finds: Sturgill Simpson Covers In-Bloom. Blows Minds. Breaks Box.


One of my favorite gifts this past Christmas was a Vinyl copy of  Nirvana’s “Bleach” my son gave me. I waited till everyone left the house than dropped the needle. I listened to it over and over till everyone came back home.

Nirvana has long been a favorite. So when I found out that Sturgill Simpson (also a favorite) had covered “In-Bloom” off of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and re-leased a video. I was intrigued. Full on car crash level intrigued. I looked but I really didn’t want to look. I was afraid of what I might see. Or hear. I found a review at Salon and dove right in.

Well… I sure was glad I looked. The video’s art is beautiful. What we hear is an artist not only pushing himself, but also destroying country’s way too confining box. A box that Nashville forces it’s country acts into. As an artist or a designer. You always need to be aware of “The Box”. “The Box” is invisible so it sneaks up on you. Before you know it you’ve designed 5 websites that are all very similar and you wind up second guessing your creative output. To some that is what leads to a creative rut. The self doubt. The second guessing. But second guessing does not always have to lead to that. You should ALWAYS second guess your creative output. Second guessing is what leads to a creative re-birth. Leads to change. Makes you try new things ultimately allowing you to destroy “The Box”.

If Sturgill Simpson stopped second guessing he would keep writing “Life Ain’t Fair and the World Is Mean” over and over. As much as I love that song I just don’t want to be stuck there. Just like your users don’t want to be stuck looking at the same web site over and over.

My advice to young designers:
Strive to break the box. Always second guess yourself. And don’t have a style. Have many styles.

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