7 Things Designers Can Learn From Stand-Up Comics

Over on Design Observer Michael Bierut offers 7 important lessons learned from great comedians that can be equally applied by graphic designers. Here’s just one:

1. It’s all about the basics.
“I love jokes so much,” says Jerry Seinfeld towards the beginning of the show. “I love them so much.” He loves them because they’re the indestructible building blocks of comedy. The others agree. “So many of these young guys think it’s all attitude,” says Chris Rock. “But you have to have jokes under your weird persona, under your crazy glasses, under your crazy voice.” Design has basic building blocks too: scale, proportion, hierarchy, contrast. Get those right first. Or, as Seinfeld concludes: “You can put in all kinds of furniture, but you have to have steel in the walls.”