Frank Chimero’s Setup

I had Instapapered this Interview with Frank Chimero a while back and finally found time to read it. Here are some of my favorite lines:

I try to keep a mobile studio. I like moving around. It keeps me curious and “on.”

I just bought a Panasonic Lumix GF1 a few months ago and I love it. It makes me feel skilled rather than like an idiot. That’s what good technology does.

I like Muji notebooks and Muji pens because they work well, yet don’t feel precious. In my case, the more I treasure a tool, the less likely I am to use it. I always scribble all over the first page because there’s no way I can make anything worse than that. So, we’re off to the races.

I have a brain and some hands and every once in a while it feels like they’re working together. Those are the best moments.

Read the full interview here.

4 Comments leave a comment below

  1. I remember reading his Setup article a while back and it was really quite inspiring. A good read.

  2. the only real interesting thing that would have been worth to quote, given that we are talking about an illustrator is:

    “I have a 13” Macbook Air. No other machines. […] but the computational requirements of my work hasn’t fundamentally changed in the past few years. So why wouldn’t it work?”

    who care if it has a crappy/entry level digital camera?

  3. I like to move around as well.

    I have 3 Desks in 3 offices and 10 coffee shops in New Orleans I like.

    If clients want to meet we can do it on their turf.

  4. I like moving around too. It’s always nice to make a website in the garden. And that quote about the notebook is so true, I used to hate doing the first page in a notebook, but that’s not really the point of sketching. Scribbling on the first page is a great idea!