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Are You Happy?

It's Monday. It's also the holiday season. These are the dangerous type of circumstances that can lead many of us into a full on existential crisis.  It happens to the best of us, even in the best of times. 

I have recently moved to a new studio, a new town and a new state even. For the past few years, whenever I change studios or workspaces (I'm counting my stint in day job cube-land here) this collaboratively designed poster by Alex Koplin and David Meiklejohn is one of the first things I make sure to hang on the wall. 

Are You Happy?  © 2009 Alex Koplin and David Meiklejohn. Water-based Silkscreen on #100 French Speckletone %100 recycled paper, 16"x24" sheet.  

Are You Happy?  © 2009 Alex Koplin and David Meiklejohn.

Water-based Silkscreen on #100 French Speckletone %100 recycled paper, 16"x24" sheet.

 

I use this flow-chart as a map. If I feel unsure of where I stand, it reminds me to slow down and evaluate my surroundings. With non-nonsense clarity, it tells me to enjoy and be thankful for what I have, or to take the lead in working toward what I want. Changes can be big or small, simple or difficult, but time is always too short to waste. 

This is my simple adopted strategy for life and studio. I think it pretty much covers everything.


After two sold out print runs, the Are You Happy? print by Alex Koplin and David Meiklejohn is unfortunately unavailable at this time. For sale on the Moodgadget storefront from Merchline, you can sign up here to be notified by email when it becomes available. Or, read more about the print on Alex Koplin's blog entry here.