On September 1st 2013, I started a 100-days of creativity project. I didn’t know what to expect or what I would really do, but I decided to take a leap of faith and assign my dedication to a project anyway. Much to my delight, it achieved an unlocking of my faith in my design abilities and my ability to connect with the design community at large. The project proved to be more useful than I anticipated.
First, I had something to talk about with people whether it was clients or other designers. That is huge in terms of networking, or just showing some examples of your work that you are proud of. It shows how you think which I believe is what people really want to see when they are viewing portfolio material. Seeing other people and designers respond to my project was really fun and enjoyable and it taught me that instead of this perceived nasty review you think you are going to get.. Actually people are pretty positive and stoked to see your stuff. So it relinquished a lot of fear.
Secondly, I felt something happening in my own brain —-doing something everyday creates more of a flow and creativity actually becomes easier. This is very important to know about the creative world. The more you do it, the easier it is. I learned this lesson from my years spent as a swing dancer. The more dance material I learned, the easier it was to pick up new dance steps. The connections happen more rapidly and the learning experience becomes exponential. But applying it to other learning can sometimes be difficult because as a dancer, I was spoiled on the fact that I didn’t have to start from the beginning stages. As a designer, I am not necessarily starting from the beginning but sometimes it feels like I am and I have to battle a daunting feeling in creativity. As if it is going to take me so much time and so long to get to where I want to be. With this project, it catapulted me into feeling of “getting there” quicker and the connections are starting to happen more rapidly.
As for the result, I have gained more work, more money, more connections, and more clout.
With such evidence of reward, it has inspired new learning projects. For the month of February, I am focusing on layout and the grid. I am referencing the book Layout Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids by Beth Tondreau. Everyday for the month of February, I am doing something related to layout. Here are some examples of what I have been doing thus far.
Tracing the Layout of Arcade Magazine and attempting for figure out the style flow.