“Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.”
- Immanuel Kant
I just had a coffee at Coffee Western Kitayama It was delicious, wonderful, nearly perfect in so many ways. But, it was a hassle, and quirky, and messy, and I guess perfectly imperfect.
I started my afternoon making the long journey towards this elusive yummy cup of coffee. I had read that it would be difficult to get the coffee shop to let me in. They have specific protocol (no hanging around, no pictures, be quiet) and don't like letting in people who don't speak Japanese.
I finally arrived at the store accepted my coffee access related challenge.
Coffee Western Kitayama gives the impression that they'd much rather have no customers at all.
A gentleman came and met me at the door, and said "Closed" and started ushering me out of the little, dark, heavily wooded, and vaguely "Western" themed coffee shop (barrels, old coffee bags, old ornate lamps).
I was armed and ready, and showed him my Google Translated plea "I love coffee. I came a long way to your store. I promise to be very respectful."
We stood outside the story for close to 10 minutes having a broken back and forth in English. He eventually let me in for one of the best cups of coffee I've ever had.
So, I sat in this quiet heavily coffee scented little shop, staring at my surroundings (no phones allowed). I had 3 courses of coffee. A cup, some kinda coffee palate cleanser (watery coffee) and a sweet shot of coffee with cream.
It was heaven.
And it made me think a lot about perfection. II think its why I've enjoyed my short work on Time On so far. Its mine, and I can continue to work to improve, evolve, and grow the concept. I'm in charge of, and in the drivers seat of my own destiny.
And more broadly, I love the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi an "aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection." It's been very hard for me to get used to the idea that my output needs not be classically "perfect" Accepting that I can create something, and even though its "imperfect" it can be great and wonderful and valuable, and maybe even more interesting because of its imperfections.
So, on this journey I've been trying to design a logo. And I've been really sure of which route to go. And maybe I'm a long way away from where I want to be. I couldn't decide if I should do it myself, or hire someone. It's been on my mind for months.
And the above is my latest. Its incredibly imperfect. I drew the volcano in Photoshop (a medium I'm not very well trained). And then I layered in a fingerprint.
I was working to create something that signified both humanity and growth.
I'm sure its not done, but like my imperfect perfect coffee of the day, I'm very happy with it for now.