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Pablo Picasso

Today is the birthday of Pablo Picasso. Without a doubt, he is probably one of the art world's most recognized names. He said, "My mother told me 'If you become a soldier you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." Interestingly, the abstract painting style is mistakenly attributed to him. He never painted abstractly. Picasso explored form and style as in the cubist movement, but none of his work could be considered abstract art. The American painter Jackson Pollock popularized abstract expressionism.

In a way, Picasso could have been a great graphic designer. "The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web." That's key to being a designer--ideas placed on the back burner of the brain eventually become the main course. An old matchbox's typographical design sparks an idea that later becomes a music event poster. An old pulp western novel book cover becomes a marketing brand for a new book of poetry. A thumbnail sketch becomes an illustrated national advertisement. Just think of what Picasso could have done with a Mac design station.

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