The Word “Stuff”

I love the word ‘stuff’.

A while back I was informed that it was not good for business to call your work ‘stuff’.  I work very hard not to do that because, you know, my work is important to me and I wouldn’t want to undervalue it (which I probably do anyway) and wouldn’t want to give off the impression that I don’t care about it, right?

I have even cyber-preached about valuing your work and the power of your words.

So I wonder…am I just lazy?  Because I love me some slang.  It just feels good.  Or, because I still want to call my work ‘stuff’, am I undervaluing it in my own head?  Hm.

How about you? Do you look at your work and think, ‘eh.  It’s ok.’  Or do you look at it and marvel and can’t understand why everyone doesn’t want three of each piece.

I love the confidence I see in people who love their finished work.  I don’t get it because I don’t have that quality myself.  I am very hard on myself, always knowing it can be better.  In some ways that’s good, in some ways it can be a real drag.

Bead Design with the Principle of Economy…


Stitched Heart Bead

I know. That title sounds confusing. The only reason I use that title is because it’s the title of a post the explains something that I’ve been going towards:


Although, the article pertains to graphic design, I am translating it to bead design. A little background first…

My Stitched Beads (read about them here) came from a popular style in beadmaking where you put everything you possibly can fit onto the surface of the bead. For some people it works, for others, less is more.

That is where I am going with this…

Economy in Design.

Use only what you need to express your point.

No more.

No less.

Come to think of it, I think I did learn that in my one graphic design classes way back when. Of course, I didn’t go into graphic design…but I should have taken more classes on it!

Anyway, it’s a good article. If you’re serious about your bead designs or just want to learn more about how to make a visual impact you should read it. It could be translated into many other areas too…like writing and words. This post that I’m writing definitely does not use the Principle of Economy in Design. But I’m working on something that will hopefully use that concept.