Have you ever stopped to think about the amazing ‘things’ you surround yourself with, and why? Gadgets, clothing, cars, art, people, places – in our daily lives we are constantly surrounded by amazing things. These things provoke memories, create deep feelings of nostalgia and we become attached to them.
What if you had to choose only five things, as your favourite things. What would they be? And, why those particular things?
Over the last year the Five Things project has been posing those exact questions to people from all over the world. Each person would supply a list of their five favourite things, along with the reason they chose that particular thing. The replies have been mesmerising; often poignant, emotive and at times, funny. These answers provide an insight into the lives of people from varying cultures, places and backgrounds
This project began in year one of Paul McNally’s Masters degree and was solely web-based; with all submissions placed on the Five Things website (www.thisisfivethings.com). The copy was interesting and enjoyable to read, Paul felt it deserved to be showcased on a more traditional format also – in a self-published, coffee-table book.
That book, and also some products inspired by the book, will be crowd-funded using the popular platform Kickstarter. The Five Things project has community and storytelling at its core, and for that reason, Kickstarter seems like the perfect place to fund, and launch, the book.
The book contains many notable industry leaders from the fields of graphic design, photography, art and music. Including Adrian Shaughnessy, Debbie Millman, Hamish Muir, Jessica Hishce, Dan Rubin, Kristian Nairn and loads more.
The Five Things Book 2015
Some of the nice things people have said about the project:
“…a great idea” – Stefan Sagmeister, sagmeisterwalsh.com
“Your site is great” – Debbie Millman, debbiemillman.com
“Love the concept” – Jane Lamberth, shellscafe.com
“What a cool idea” – Mike Joyce, swissted.com
“This is a fun project premise” – Jessica Hische, jessicahische.is
Paul is graphic designer, branding consultant and part-time lecturer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He runs his own graphic design studio, Paul McNally Design; creating strategic design solutions for local and international companies.
To enhance his skillset further, he is currently completing a Masters degree in Multidisciplinary Design at the University of Ulster, Belfast (expected June 2016).
The Five Things Book is inspired by the website Five Things (www.thisisfivethings.com), which he created and also curates. In 2014, his design skills were recognised with a ‘Best Website Design’ award at the DANI (Digital Arts Northern Ireland) Awards. Paul is also a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers.