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Aug 30, 2007



I completely agree mate - I'd be lying if I said I didn't have entrepreneurial thoughts myself (though perhaps not in design).

It's the ambition to want to do great things, I think, whether or not the start up dream is ever realised. It manifests itself in care and attention, which is oh so important.


Well, you know I'm always banging on about Milton, but he really did nail this one on the head when he said:-

One night I was sitting in my car outside Columbia University where my wife Shirley was studying Anthropology. While I was waiting I was listening to the radio and heard an interviewer ask ‘Now that you have reached 75 have you any advice for our audience about how to prepare for your old age?’ An irritated voice said ‘Why is everyone asking me about old age these days?’ I recognised the voice as John Cage. I am sure that many of you know who he was – the composer and philosopher who influenced people like Jasper Johns and Merce Cunningham as well as the music world in general. I knew him slightly and admired his contribution to our times. ‘You know, I do know how to prepare for old age’ he said. ‘Never have a job, because if you have a job someday someone will take it away from you and then you will be unprepared for your old age. For me, it has always been the same every since the age of 12. I wake up in the morning and I try to figure out how am I going to put bread on the table today? It is the same at 75, I wake up every morning and I think how am I going to put bread on the table today? I am exceedingly well prepared for my old age’ he said."

David Airey

David, thanks for that addition to Ben's thought-provoking post. I'm in the fortunate position where I don't see myself as having a job. Currently, I'm doing what I enjoy, with the responsibility of putting bread on the table.

I often think about expanding from a one-man show, hiring others, but I'm not sure if I'd enjoy removing the freedom.

karl escritt

Nice thought Ben, and the above comments say good things too.

As I run a freelance studio I can certainly relate to this post. I have thought many times about joining a big studio full time, but like David above I enjoy the freedom that comes with being your own boss.

It a great feeling to see designed by Karl Escritt on a job thats just come back from the printers.

John Dodds

Are you saying you have difficult staff Ben?


Good thought ben,i like it.

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