You don’t need to be amazing

You don’t need to be amazing

Today is International Women’s Day, and I’d like to say a special thank you to all the women in my life for their friendship, love and support. Life just wouldn’t be the same without you.

We hear a lot about women being strong and invincible, but sometimes we are vulnerable, sad and lonely, and these are often the times when our friends really show their true worth.

A good friend (male or female), who sticks by you through thick and thin, and who listens without judgement when times are tough, is worth a thousand people telling you you’re amazing. I hope you have some people like this in your life to cheer you on.

I think there’s far too much emphasis on being amazing. We don’t all need to be extraordinary, sometimes just being ordinary is enough. Sometimes doing the dishes and looking after the kids and getting through the day is enough. Many people would like to think they are making a difference in the world, but they think they need to do something remarkable. I think just holding things together is remarkable enough. Just being a good friend is enough.

I love this quote…

All you can do is face the world with quiet grace and hope you make a sliver of difference. You must trust that you being the best possible you matters somehow, that being an attentive and generous friend and citizen will prevent a thread or two of the social fabric from unravelling.”

Brian Doyle

Be a good friend. It matters.

Posters old and new

I’ve been having an interesting conversation with the lovely Emma about lactivism (that’s a newly coined term for people who think that women should be able to breastfeed their babies in public places without being abused – something I agree with wholeheartedly). She has produced a great radio story for International Women’s Day about it. You can listen to it here:

http://www.facebook.com/l/FAQHaZCDRAQHLBDfs3oYAK9a02f-_naVC5Wlm1cwNYZTTMg/doublexshow.podomatic.com/entry/2013-03-27T22_40_36-07_00

We were talking about the fact that women have been protesting about this for many years, although its true that the issue has had a lot of press in Australia recently.

This led me to exploring posters that support breastfeeding which I thought I would share with you because they are interesting from a design perspective as well as from an historical perspective.

This first example is from the 1930s and is very typical of the poster design of that period, known as Art Deco.

Breastfeeding poster

Art Deco posters typically have very flat colours, geometric shapes, bold forms, airbrushing and stylised people.

Here are a couple of more recent posters that I just like the design of. Both use photography and some nice typography to get their message across. I like the fact that they are both bold and to the point.

Breastfeeding poster

Pink - breastfeeding poster

 

All of these posters are from Double Think. Check it out if you would like to see more.

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