Justin Plunkett is a creative director, designer and blogger who does his best to enrich people and businesses through inspiration, clarity and creativity.

I will remember our kisses

I will remember the kisses our lips raw with love and how you gave me everything you had and how I offered you what was left of me, and I will remember your small room the feel of you the light in the window your records your books our morning coffee our noons our nights our bodies spilled together sleeping the tiny flowing currents immediate and forever your leg my leg your arm my arm your smile and the warmth of you who made me laugh again.
— Charles Bukowski

Before they pass away | Jimmy Nelson

Photographer Jimmy Nelson has been travelling the world and capturing the most incredible images of remote cultures. Well worth investigating his site:

Charles Bukowski, Factotum

If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery—isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.
— Charles Bukowski, Factotum

"Sailboats and swans" Prisoner portraits by Michal Chelbin

"Sailboats and swans" - a series of portraits by Israeli photographer Michal Chelbin, who shot prisoners serving time in prison. The series includes seven different prisons in Ukraine and Russia. The offenses range from theft and assault to murder.

A thought

Perhaps in order for us to create beautiful things, meaningful things, we need to keep ourselves wide open. We are surrounded by opportunities to see the wonder, to connect with our surroundings and the people with whom our orbits cross. 

We become better designers and better people when we feel empathy. We find greater understanding of others, and with discernment, are equipped to use design to empower them and improve their lives. I think we improve our own too.