In one my my earlier posts I mentioned when I was at a design conference I found four scratch off winners on my inspirational lotto ticket. I was on the way to cashing in the jack pot winning ticket to my mental bank. My right side being a mental Swiss bank account of freedom, and my left brain a 401k of responsible brain investing and spending.
I am now ready to reveal the second scratch off to my inspiration lotto ticket. That person would be Stefan Bucher. For those that need some star power to make them want to read on more, he designed for Madonas label. Now that little fact aside, I had heard of Stefan Bucher first through his work with his daily monsters. (His Book)
I had enjoyed Stefan’s work after snooping on the web but after his talk, a workshop, and a sit down with him I was inspired and motivated. I will get to his monsters in a bit, for now I want to share something with you.Stefan G. Bucher first walked on stage in Memphis and after a few short words he started a video.
Music slowly flooded the theatre with anticipating notes. I leaned forward out of my slouch to absorb what was playing in front of me. It felt like a teaser to a great movie that I was going to have to wait for. However, the best part is that I didn’t have to wait as Stefan delivered immediately. Watch the intro below and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery after watching as you might be left light headed with a fogging high level of bliss.
After watching this intro Stephan had more to share. One thing that stood out was that he had gotten rid of all his personal debt. In doing so he was now able to choose the clients he wanted instead of grabbing any client in defense of paying off any debt. I thought to myself, “How refreshing.” This then in return allowed him to do his own private projects and things he loves.
I myself could relate as a designer that had stopped creating my own projects outside of my nine to five. At one point he was offered an opportunity to design one of the NFL Super Bowl Logos. He was going up against other designers and being a self proclaimed geek who doesnt care for American Football, he chose to design a Super Bowl Logo for nerds.
The logo speaks for itself. but one of my favorite aspects was Prof. Fin, from the Simpsons, harnessing the testosterone molecule. (see annotated large logo) Needless to stay Stefan Bucher lit a fire under my design seat and my own personal projects. I have become deeply curious and interested again with personal projects in ways that I was in design school. One of his personal side projects you may have heard of is his wildly creative Daily Monsters.
Stefan Bucher started Daily Monsters through his 344Design. Once a day he captures on film himself laying down some black ink, a quick spray or three of compressed air to push the ink around, a few turns of the paper and himself drawing up a monster from his imagination. My favorite thing about this is that he is doing it for himself and not a client, its playful, and that he is discovering creatures from happy accidents. To me seeing opportunity in accidents is what defines the creative process.
He continues to push the envelope, which is the sign of an innovator. He chooses to evolve his monsters on his own and learn along the way about himself, his process and even new softwares. He started to ad colors, backgrounds, and even animate the monsters. I was pleased to find out he had chosen to learn how to do motion graphics on his own through Lynda.com. Great people, artists, designers, leaders, etc are always looking to learn more.
I had to privilege of sitting in his workshop and creating my first monster named Control-Alt-Delete. Who is the size of a mosquitto, eats your hang nails in the middle of the night, and then creates a nest of blue felt fuzz in your belly button at 3am. (Stefan asked us to come up with stories for them)
It was a pleasure seeing him take time to give back to others in this format. Myself along with twelve others sat in a round table where we talked art, design, and more. Stefan was refreshingly honest about himself and his work. At one point even admitting working with him isn’t easy. When is the last time we were that honest with our selves let alone strangers? We can all take a page out of his book of life and work. You can visit his web page and even contribute with a monster of your own at (Daily Monster). Enjoy an example below.
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