Passion's one of those things you can't fake. Passion is something that happens behind closed doors, when nobody's looking. Passion will call you a cheater, a liar. It'll call you out for slacking off and not giving a shit. That's what gets me out of bed every morning. And it looks like I'm not the only one.
I've been a fan of Dan Cassaro's work for years, probably since he launched his 50 States project. There's a work ethic that you can feel in his output, you know? You can tell he gives a shit. And he recently did an interview that was so ridiculously refreshing that I thought I'd share it. Check it out.
What's different about this interview than others you'll often read with designers is that there's really no fluff. No bullshit. Maybe that's Dan's thing, but the canned responses of, "oh, you know, I used to draw when I was a kid so I knew I should become a designer" just isn't there. The same honesty you see in his work is what he lays down in the interview. Really refreshing to see someone that I look up to just doing his thing, not worrying about the awards, accolades, or anything else - just concerned about doing a good job.
That's really all that matters in the end anyway. And today was a good day to be reminded of that.