Cardinal Points is a weekly feature in which I highlight a few interesting articles from around the web. This week we're talking about making money, spending money, and my new celebrity crush.
In this article, musician Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls addresses the issue of art as a business. There seems to be a popular sentiment out there that art and business don't go together, and that artists should be in the industry for love and never for money. Amanda Palmer argues that although artists obviously must love what they do, art as a career much be approached like any other business endeavour if artists are ever to make a living wage. As one of my theatre school professors once argued: "Art without commerce is a hobby." To read Palmer's full argument click here.
This one is for the Toronto locals. As our new mayor gets down to business we are sure to see some big changes and a whole new round of debates on what's best for our city. Nothing kicks off a new political regime like a spending scandal. This article from NOW magazine does an amazing job of outlining the details behind what's now become known as the "Waterfront Toronto Scandal". In short, the revitalization of Queen's Quay and Toronto's waterfront has gone over budget by roughly 40% and mayor John Tory isn't at all happy about it. This article outlines the details of the budget and I'm glad to say that the scandal isn't as bad as it may seem. To get all the stats click here.
Finally, I give you my favourite video of the week. In 15 minutes, graphic designer Aaron Draplin takes you through his creative process from start to finish. Get behind the scenes and into the mind of the man who co-created those "Field Notes" notebooks you see in all the trendy hipster shops. In this video Draplin takes on a logo design challenge and shows us how a little imagination and creativity has created all those branded icons we see every day. Draplin himself is a super-entertaining and fascinating guy. After watching this one video, you might find yourself falling a little in love with him and his passion for design. To watch click here. And if you can't get enough click here for more Draplin videos.