Oscar Wilde Quote: Be yourself


Guatemala, Guatemala

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Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. This quote is attributed to the great Oscar Wilde, although there is not a single good citation of Wilde ever penning these words. The message, however, is still as important, no matter if he actually wrote them, or something very close to the quote. The sentiment has been echoed throughout history, and many other writers, like the great Ralph Waldo Emerson, have urged us to find what makes us unique and listen to that inner, unique voice. I specially like the humorous, clear way in which this urge to be original is stated in this quote. I wanted to create a typographic design with a good message, and full of positive energy. The design features the quote written inside a blue block, flanked by the author’s name and the first words of the quote. In the background, the words “Be Yourself” are echoed, creating a dynamic design, full of movement and dynamism. The overall design still retains a sense of balance, and looks great on a wide variety of products, from clothing to posters. If you are looking for a motivational design, or are a fan of Oscar Wilde, this will make a great gift.

Creating a typographic design , an illustration, or another type of design based on great quotes is one of my favorite design strategies. I love the feeling of knowing that the original wisdom of the author can be captured, mixed with my own personal style, and be used by someone else, as a reminder of this great wisdom. I try not to simply add the words of the quote to the design, but add a bit of my own experience, another design dimension via abstraction, illustration, or by driving the message home in a stronger way through the typographic elements.

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