The New Motivational Poster: Illustrated Advice From Designers

Unpacking the secrets of happiness and creativity, one poster at a time.

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What better way to kick off the new year than with words of wisdom from those who have threaded before us? That's precisely the premise of Advice to Sink in Slowly, a wonderful project enlisting design graduates in passing on advice and inspiration to first-year students through an ongoing series of posters—part Live Now, part Everything Is Going To Be OK, part Wisdom, part something completely refreshing, based on the idea that we all have subjective wisdom we wish we'd known earlier, but often don't get a chance to pass it on to those who can benefit from it in a way that makes them pay heed.

"Advice is subjective. But, by passing on advice in a creative way, it is possible to create something that lasts, that people will want to live with and which can let the advice sink in slowly and help out later on."
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"to create ideas is a gift, but to choose wisely is a skill" by Ryan Morgan

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"Do what you love" by Andy J. Miller

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"Take Time" by Temujin Doran

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"Use your library...you'll miss it when you leave" by Rebecca Cobb

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"Finish what you start* *it may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." by Irina Troitskaya

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"Ignore both of them" by Eleni Kalorkoti

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"Go and look outside" by Robert Evans

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"You have to leave your room to get there" by Ben Javens

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"if in doubt, make tea" by Owen Davey

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"trust your gut instincts" by Carys Williams

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"Don't be afraid, everything will be alright" by Ben Javens

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"collaborate" by Simon Vince

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"Believe in the marks that you will make" by Stephie Ginger

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"how to make friends in your first term" by Temujin Doran

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"eat breakfast" by Always With Honor

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"Be free!" by Anna-Kaisa

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'don't keep your worries to yourself' Rebecca Cobb

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"Find some place to stop & be quiet" by Lizzy Stewart

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"everything is possible" by Lee Basford

Free posters are available to first-year students across the U.K. upon request. Four of the posters are available for purchase in a fundraising effort, with 100% of the proceeds feeding back to support this wonderful project—so go ahead and grab one, then let its wisdom sink in slowly.

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This post appears courtesy of Brain Pickings, an Atlantic partner site.

Image credits: Advice to Sink in Slowly

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Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK and GOOD, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

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