I'm Motivated, Are You?

I don’t know about you, but I’m much more motivated today. A few choice phrases and voilà! Which is why there was such a trend, fashion, and business in motivational posters, cards, books, and other curios. A little bromide will go a long way, and an inspiring cliche has the power of five psychoanalytical sessions (in some quarters). So, in an effort to exponentially increase the motivational potential of my dear readers, I present the second installment of motivational cards circa the 1920s. Print them out, cut them up, keep them in your wallet or purse. Memorize them. And if you missed yesterday’s batch, go here. (Thanks again to John Baeder).


Print‘s August issue is devoted to trash. It includes a special section guest designed by Sulki & Min; a visual essay by Jillian Tamaki; a look into the garbage cans and recycling bins of 18 designers; and stories by Rick Poynor, Steven Heller, Debbie Millman, Fritz Swanson, Michèle Champagne, and more. Order your copy, or download a PDF version, at MyDesignShop.com.

5 thoughts on “I'm Motivated, Are You?

  1. Ambrose

    I don’t know, but I find some of these sayings pretty demotivational.
    But anyway, one observation: Dashes on these posters aren’t em-dashes, they aren’t even spaced en-dashes; they are squigglies, like what they still sometimes use in the Far East.

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