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  • 08.05.13

Legendary Designer George Lois’s Surefire, NSFW Secret For Success

If you’re at the office, plug in your headphones and watch this. Original Mad Man George Lois may not always be safe for work–but his views are always essential for doing memorable work that matters.

Want to be inspired? Put this video into heavy rotation.

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Because for famous ad man and art director George Lois, there’s no excuse for producing less-than-terrific work.


If you want to do great work, Lois says, then you better be ready to go to war for your ideas. If you’re not shocking people, you’re doing it wrong.

“If I show an idea to a client and he looks and says, ‘Oh, just what I expected,’ I know I’ve got a piece of shit!”

If this video’s not enough, check out our previous interview with Lois, where he talks about courage and superhuman confidence.

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Former Editorial Assistant Miles Kohrman helped run Fast Company's homepage and completed miscellaneous tasks around the newsroom. He is a 2013 graduate of The New School.

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