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10. The Importance of Journals for Designers.

Back when I was in undergraduate school, I was told how important journals were. I was told that it's where you put remarkable things you find, and designs that you personally do in order to record all of your work and thinking. It took awhile to buy into the idea of it being more than just an assignment, and years later my journals are very important to me - they function as my own encyclopedia of ideas and I refer to them all the time. However I'm finding that I now need an electronic version, an archive of all the things I find online that I like now I have three: One to work/think/sketch in. One to keep work that I like. And one on a hard drive for digital work. Check out Kevin Cornell's sketchbook from front to back. Also, these recycled covers, with blank pages make the best journals. If you are a graphic artist and do not keep one - try it out for awhile, it will change how you work.

Reader Comments (2)

Although this was slightly graphic in some parts, Kevin gets the point across to me. Anything that comes to mind put it in no matter how silly or disgusting it is. Your sketchbook is your personal journal of ideas. The next Idea you put in there could be your next campaign (or what ever). This has totally inspired me.
June 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSean McMahon
I am the same way with my sketchbooks... since Fenske made us keep one on orientation day, I've filled six or seven. They are the first things I would take with me (along with my iBook) if there was a fire in my apartment. They're like my life in volumes.
July 5, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjohanna

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