Ideas are 1% Inspiration, 99% Perspiration

Typography spelled out in map pins

Ideas are 1% Inspiration … 99% Perspiration
Map Pins on black foam core
This piece is for a second book inspired by Stefan Sagmeister’s “Things I Have Learned in My Life” project where myself and 22 collaborators wrote three phrases or sentences and illustrated them typographically.

I adapted a sentiment that Thomas Edison repeated several times through out his lifetime: “None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met and I make trial after trial until it comes. What it boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.”

I’ve done the first line in colourful, “inspiring” map pins and the second part in black, “boring drudgery’ map pins. Partly because my local store didn’t have enough of either colour. Haha, and partly because it fits nicely with the concept.

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