I’ve many draft blog posts but not a single one published so today I’ve set aside some time. I very much doubt this will be a first time masterpiece. My only writing credentials are a B at GCSE English Language back in 2009 and I guess a lot of report writing on various design related issues during my time at university. So I’ll be building my posts up from here on, hopefully getting more enticing, interesting, debatable and enjoyable to read as time goes on. Everyone loves flicking through attractive images, so we’ll delve into my mood boards and findings from the past week to start this series off. I’m going to try and make this a weekly occurrence; although no promises there! Hell I might even throw a musical number in that gets my creative mind going. We’ll keep it loose and experimental. To quote Paula Scher; “You have to be in a state of play to design. If you’re not in a state of play, you can’t make anything.”
The idea for blog series this came from this piece of typography by designer Julia Eagleburger from the USA. I certainly struggled for an appropriate and simultaneously exciting title for the series so for now I’ll stick with ‘Sunday Spark’ but hopefully I’ll form an evolution of this in the future along with a fresh design to identify the series like the above.
Recently I’ve found myself pinning more and more illustrations. I’m not much of an illustrator either but I love the expression of emotions, themes and slices of time through a simple illustration. I’m working on a personal project at the moment which relates to the visual expression of emotions and mental health issues. I’ve been looking for ways to describe feelings and problems to those that have never experienced them. When people think of depression the stereotypical visual is someone looking down, perhaps with their head in their hands, hiding away from others. It’s much deeper than this though and that’s what I am trying to explore visually. Watch out for a post on this in the coming weeks.
So I lied about this being solely inspiration collected from the past week. Some of those have been floating about on my pinterest boards for months but they’re good examples so I couldn’t exclude them. An important part of being a designer is to place yourself into other’s shoes. Of course not in a literal sense but to view things from another person’s perspective. I aim to make others to do the same through the little personal project I mentioned before. As well as illustrations, I’ve been taking inspiration from elsewhere. John Koenig is a designer of sorts. A designer of words. A wordsmith would be a more accurate description. I was sent a youtube channel by my partner called ‘Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’. The creator, Koenig, describes it as:
“A compendium of invented words written by John Koenig, that aims to fill holes in the language—to give a name to emotions we all feel but don’t have a word for.
The author’s mission is to capture the aches, demons, vibes, joys and urges that roam the wilderness of the psychological interior. Each sorrow is bagged, tagged and tranquilized, then released gently back into the subconscious.”
One of the words Koenig invented is sonder: it’s the realisation that every random passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. It’s a emotionally driven visual definition of the word and it’s place in our world.
I feel like I trailed off a bit there. I’ll back this up with a generalised quote by one of my university tutors. It was along the lines of don’t just look for inspiration in the most obvious places but observe, analyse and apply things from other influences. Think outside the box kind of talk, I’m sure you get the idea. Time for more scrolling…