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James Victore: Your Work Is A Gift

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What’s the value of your creative voice? A lot, according to designer James Victore. Using some of his own creative challenges as examples, Victore argues that it is only through finding your voice, your fears, and your passion—and expressing them—that you can make great work.

James Victore, Designer

James Victore runs an independent design studio hell-bent on world domination. He is an author, designer, filmmaker and firestarter. He continually strives to make work that is sexy, strong and memorable; work that toes the line between the sacred and the profane. His paintings of expressionist designs can be seen on ceramics, surfboards, billboards and supermodels. Recently described as “part Darth Vader, part Yoda,” Victore is widely known for his timely wisdom and impassioned views about design and its place in the world. He expresses these views and teachings through his numerous lectures, workshops, and writings.

James’ work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in the permanent collections of museums around the globe. His clients include Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Esquire Magazine, Moet Chandon and The New York Times. His work was recently published in a monograph titled, Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss? Victore teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He lives, loves, and works in Brooklyn.

Comments (20)
  • Guest

    what’s with the profanity? is this comedy hour @ some local bar? kinda ruins it for me.

  • james

    I think it’s part of his “voice”.

  • Matthew

    Really? You take the point of his profanity out of his video? Grow a personality and do not waste time complaining about a video you could of closed out of. This was an great piece of advice.

  • Guest

    lol. thank you.

  • Brad

    Great thoughtlet but the language cheapens it.

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  • wilsonfilho7

    FINALLY!! Thank you guys so much for posting that!
    Cheers from brazil !

  • cottageme

    Its a very good post. I was very pleased to find this site.

  • Codi Betts

    What a wonderful and inspiring talk from a guy I didn’t even know until today. This hit home to me as I am very similar to James in many ways and enjoy that he doesn’t put on a show but is just himself, I thank him for that. I hope this talk sparks a fire under your ass, it did for me.

  • Sofia Garcês

    Your absolutely right Matthew! This talk would have been so different if not for that amazing personality! Loved it, fun, exiting and filled with great points!
    May we all have the courage to show of our personalities!

  • James

    Absolutely AWESOME! I had never heard of him before and now I’m absolutely going to be searching everything about him. Love that he was direct and honest.



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  • Paul N

    Awesome speaker! Victore is right; our work is a gift. I produce video content and it’s all about helping others.

  • Ishmael Islam

    ¤ It’s another gift to be inspiring with plenty of humor too. Awesomeness.

  • Pablo Zarate

    He is definitely a role model

  • Nacho Garcia Luna

    Great view! thank u so much.

  • Rebecca H

    I stopped watching because of the language, but of what I did hear, it sounded good.

  • Random Chick

    LOVE that you are fearlessly being YOU! Thanks for the intense inspiration. Following you on the Twitter now and can’t wait to share more passion and inspiration! Rock on!!!

  • Wink Artisans

    James Victore Rocks da house!
    Love your raw and direct energy man. So kick ass!

  • Connor Winst

    A bit crass at times but the heart of the speech is still perfectly intact. It’s interesting to think that each one of us has the capacity to give some much to others – no matter if they are lovers or strangers. The sentiment strangely reminds me of website

  • Connor Winst

    A bit crass at times but the heart of the speech is still perfectly intact. It’s a powerful thought to know we have the capacity to offer so much to others – lovers and strangers alike. The sentiment strangely reminded me of as far as the concept of meaningful feelings becoming cherished gifts goes.

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