“I think you’re overrated. There are more amazing local designers/typographers out there who rightly deserve the fame that you now have. You’re only famous because of Tricia, in my opinion. Your work’s not bad, but it’s not exactly mind blowing, either. :|”
Mark’s answer: “Yeah, I totally agree., what has happened to me I really consider a blessing, and I always try to thankful for the people who are responsible for helping me, because really I don’t deserve it”. :)
My answer: Mark happened to create art and communicate a strong message at the right time and at the right moment. While this was his claim to fame, his succeeding works proved to not disappoint at all (thus the insane amounts of reblogs, formspring questions, and shoutbox spam that he gets until now- even months after Ondoy). We acknowledge that there will always be people who are better than us. However, we’re just waiting for those designers/typographers-who-are-better-than-Mark to put themselves out there and use their talents to change the world. Natural disasters aren’t the only things that can stir a commotion. Graphic designers are constantly challenged to find the perfect vehicles for expressing their creative juices. What is “amazing”? We should give importance to communicating messages and conveying feelings effectively as well, as some works of art can be aesthetically pleasing but possess no heart.
I also come from a graphic design background (even if photography is my true love). I don’t have enough self-esteem to post my design work though. This is because I know they don’t have any heart at all.
P.S. And fame is different from success. ;)