I'm all about process. There's no better feeling than seeing design concepts and sketches come to life before your eyes. I spent a lot of time on my graduate project looking into the different aspects of the design process in others before I was able to turn it around on myself and notice my own processes. I believe that the process of a project is just as important as the final product; it shows a journey and a connection between an initial idea and the physical design it ends up becoming. It's a transformation and a visual representation of the ability to do none other than create. The design process is a beautiful thing, and it's always been something that I've prided myself on in my work.
Months ago I started a journal (Moleskine, obviously. Is there any other option?). It was originally intended to be a journal for personal design projects, but as the year progressed it turned into a therapeutic tool, and then finally something I had never expected it to be: an art journal.
The first project I wanted to work on was a documentation of my recovery with depression. I wanted to raise awareness of mental illness through design, and although The Project (that's what I named it, so original) never quite took off, it gave me a driving force and an ultimate purpose. I've always wanted to "change the world with one poster", so I think if I can somehow use my design skills to change the stigma surrounding mental illness one day, then I would have succeeded my life goal.
Looking back on my journal made me think a lot about process, so I thought I'd share a few photos of the progression of my journal from the beginning of the year to present, and then a few more images of my workbooks. My workbooks are always my favourite thing about my design projects. Click on the images for the caption!
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