Incite by Design

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


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:
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,