A few years ago, I was approached by the folks at Despair, Inc. to work on a series of illustrations for their book, “The Art of Demotivation“. I was a little unsure about taking this on, as the whole concept seemed somewhat cynical. Nonetheless, in the interest of creating some great imagery, I agreed to the assignment. The publisher wanted a serious, formal style to compliment their satirical romp through the world of business, so I suppose it was only natural to call on the original hedcut portrait artist from the Wall Street Journal. All told, we did 18 stipple illustrations, including a hedcut portrait of the author, E.L. Kersten, PH.D., pictured here…
Following is a partial collection of the stipple art in the book, complete with their witty titles… Enjoy.
AMBITION — “The journey of a thousand miles sometimes ends very, very badly.”
MEDIOCRITY — “It takes a lot less time and most people won’t notice the difference until it’s too late.”
DEMOTIVATION — “Sometimes the best solution to morale problems is just to fire all of the unhappy people.”
ACHIEVEMENT — “You can do anything you set your mind to when you have vision, determination, and an endless supply of expendable labor.”
DYSFUNCTION — “The only consistent feature of all your dissatisfying relationships is you.”