The Excellence of Habit

 

“We
are

 

 

what
we

 

 

repeatedly
do.

 

 

Therefore,

 

 

excellence
is
not
an act.

 

 

It
is
a
habit.”

 

 

Every day for 100 days, Jessica Svendsen created a variation on a Josef Müller-Brockmann poster for a Beethoven concert in Zürich in 1955. The project was part of the Michael Bierut 100 Days Workshop at the Yale School of Art.

Think what you might do in 100 days.

 

 

 

Top Image: Original by Josef Müller-Brockmann
Illustrator on variations: Jessica Svendsen
Quote: Aristotle

 

 

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~ by eaesthete on 02/22/12.

5 Responses to “The Excellence of Habit”

  1. Claude Debussy said that the other arts nourish music, but here is an instance where the inspiration flows in the other direction. Jessica Svendsen’s images make me think of Marcel Duchamps’ rotoreliefs, which I also like. Thanks for this.

  2. I was delighted to find that snippet about l’esprit de l’escalier. I’ve heard the reference before in English, and I used to discuss it with my students in the broader context of learning to express oneself. But I never knew there was an actual saying. Well, as they say, “The French have a name for it.”

    • It is one of my most favored expressions and easily one of my most frequent lapses in life.

      Readers,
      We are discussing the phrase “L’esprit de l’escalier” or “esprit d’escalier” which literally translates into stairway wit. It appears over on the EA sidebar under the spectacular photo of the stairway at the Louvre in Paris. The expression is the sense of thinking of a clever comeback in an encounter when it is too late to be useful; hence, when one is on the staircase leaving the scene of the encounter.

      Featured: Stairway at the Louvre, Paris, 2007

  3. Such marvelous graphic design!

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