Incite by Design

Caustic visions and shared thoughts on design, marketing, creativity, philanthropy, pop culture and business philosophy by Toronto design firm, Ricksticks Inc.

2004-08-09

Rick James RIP

Rick James died on Friday.

What a legacy. He, the Super Freak, who spawned the stellar music careers of the Mary Jane Girls, Eddie Murphy, and MC Hammer -- doo do do do, da do, da do -can't touch this! -- made an indelible mark on popular culture. I'll admit it, I've got at least 1 RJ mp3 on my HDD.

I even have a 45 (re: vinyl) in a box somewhere in the basement with the track "Give it to Me Baby" on it. I don't know where I picked it up, but I don't have anything to play it on, so it'll likely remain there until we move or have a yard sale.

How does any of this relate to graphic design or marketing? I don't know. But, out of the concepts of legacy and graphic representations, I'm reminded of a photo of Paul Rand's headstone I found here.

Clean, graphic, fitting:
P A U L
R A N D
1 9 1 4
1 9 9 6

Makes me wonder, as a designer, what of my own monument? And at this time, more fittingly, what of the Super Feak's?

Can't touch this...


Your funkster,
Rick
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