The Finite & The Infinite – Preface

by on September 6, 2012
in book, design, life

I’ve been creating things ever since I was old enough to hold crayon to wall. From building a Batman Utility belt and Dick Tracy prototype radio watch out of film canisters, Legos, Pez dispensers, electricians tape, enamel paint, and Sharpie markers, to playing role-playing games, painting and modifying miniatures, to illustrating my own comics, many late nights at Kinkos’ with X-Acto knives and glue sticks making Zines, to self publishing a book of poetry and performing spoken word, to desktop publishing, always, always drawing, painting, filmmaking, playing music, and eventually designing websites, interactive web applications, Win32 software, and mobile user interface, I have been “creating things” as long as I can remember. And now that I’m done trying to build credibility with you the reader… I’ll be straight with you right from the beginning.

This is a book of advice. It’s a summary of all of the things I’ve learned over the past fifteen years designing things professionally. It’s a manifesto of what has worked for me. A treatise of what hasn’t. It’s everything no one will teach you in school, and it’s even more so a dissertation of all of the difficult, uncomfortable, philosophical, and esoteric topics that actually matter while living the life of a creative person. This is my honest attempt to spill all the details and lessons of the creative life that you won’t learn in the world of academia, and are hard earned in the world of business. This book aims to tell the truth.

This book is for the generations of creators which precede us and those to come. If you are creative, have an aptitude for tinkering, creating things out of ideas, or posses that internal tick to see opportunity all around you, or if you simply hope to leave the world a better place than the way you found it; then this book is for you.

My name is Kynan. I have to spell it for most people, and It’s hard to pronounce correctly. When I was a kid in school I was lost. There wasn’t a place for people like me. I struggled. I made appearances in the wood and metal shop, hung out in the back of the art studio, hid out in the photo lab darkroom, and did my best to stay out of trouble, but I couldn’t shake the feeling of never feeling like I fit in. From a very early age I knew I wasn’t like other people, and I never felt like I belonged. I know there are more of you out there. I’m writing this book to let you know that you’re not alone, and that maybe by sharing some of my own experiences, I can help you find your muse, and recognize that there are lots of us out there, making a damn fine living.

Fortunately I had a very creative, spiritual, supportive, inspiring mother, a patient guiding, motivating, and inspiring father, and an older bother who helped me find my way.

Hopefully there is something of value in here somewhere for you, and if nothing else, pass it along to someone you know who might benefit.

For now that is all. Onward and upward.
-Kynan Antos

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