The Only Note to Self

You don’t get to decide the truth. Other people have their own experiences, just as valid. This is easy to forget. Your slice of life seems so large and unmistakeable, but it is your job to not confuse your small piece for the whole. Life is big—much bigger than just yours. This is the only note to self: other people are real. That’s all there is to learn.

Frank Chimero illustrated portrait

Frank Chimero is a designer and writer based in New York City. For the past 15 years, he’s worked at his tiny design studio, Frank, with a few years away to co-found Abstract.

Frank has a newsletter.

Frequent enough to be enjoyable.
Rare enough to be a pleasant surprise.

Frank is a design studio.

Visit the portfolio to see recent projects.

The Shape of Design is a book.

Buy a copy or read online.
The Shape of Design Cover.