Confronting my heuristic biases has been a major objective of mine in the past week as I’ve worked to further develop the associations from our three words. I think the most challenging part of this task is that the visual aspect of designing has taken a back seat to exploring the literal meaning of the words and what they represent. It’s easier to think about these objects in a linear way, listing synonyms and popular contextual elements. Finding how these things intersect and planning for those commonalities has challenged my process at its core. One of my biggest roadblocks is that I tend to jump to the end stage of a final visual form. I rush immediately into thinking about size, color and medium before I fully develop my ideas conceptually. I’m not a disciplined sketcher, and SCAD has really been challenging me in that area.
I misunderstood the directions at first and worked on three separate visual maps of each of the words. After I had done this, the thought of trying to find ways to tie them together seemed really forced. I mean, after all, what does being arrested have to do with drinking coffee, or even worse, a drone? However, once I started to look at these concepts all on the same page, I discovered how many crossovers there really were! The human mind is an amazing thing, and it’s great how we can pull new things from both or spoken language and our visual one. I am still struggling on refining my visual map and making sure the arrows connect in all the ways I want them to. Finding the unexpected even in objects we interact with every day seems to be the subject a lot of what we’re reading, and one of the main ideas behind this project. I look forward to see how things continue to take shape as we play and discover new things.