I (Heart) You. Do You (Heart) Me?
Remember love notes from elementary and middle school? We'd scribble them on pieces of paper and pass them to our intended interest while the teacher's back was to us - always hoping we wouldn't get caught. How horrible would it be to read such personal feelings in front of the class if we were caught? Well, that feeling of anxiety - quickly experienced and gone - was outweighed by the sheer laughter and silliness that many of us experienced at the second installment of the AIGA SF 2007 Design Lecture Series, with Davy Rothbart of Found magazine.
Found, and Davy's passion, is to get possession of such "finds" and publish them in his annual work of hand-written, literary art. I was not all that familiar with the work or personality of Davy before his lecture - er, performance. But after hearing the stories and listening to samples of actual finds that folks from around the country send him, I instantly felt an interest and attraction to this form of art/design/story-telling/stand-up/exposure that made me want to hear more.
Most of the finds that Davy receives are notes, personal letters, or portions of personal letters that involve relationships of some sort. I guess that's what makes them so interesting. The contents are familiar and strikes a chord of similarity with the author, even though we have no idea who they are or what they're really writing about. Additionally, Davy has a way of reading them that really adds to the sense of authenticity.
I guess the bottle of Maker's Mark at hand to help lubricate Davy's vocal chords helped as well, but, hey, whatever works. The guy is funny and really has a way of keeping the almost archaic habit of hand-written notes and story-telling alive and contemporary. He dresses like a rapper and kind of does a cross between rap and coffee house book-reading in the spreading of his method of communication. He has compassion and a big heart, I can tell. It's great.
There were too many funny stories and notes that he presented to mention here (and too many four-letter words to relay here), but suffice it to say, they wouldn't be as interesting or funny as when in person, with Davy.
If you get a chance to go to his site or pick up a copy of one of his books or magazines, you're in for a treat. Just don't be surprised if you find one of your discarded notes or email messages as part of the content.