As designers we are constantly striving for good ideas. Once we have ideas we need to get them out. Anyway we can get them out we do it. After looking at past students process books, there are many things to be gained from them. For one, Jane Dorn does an amazing job of getting so much information out. She is very detailed in her process to complete her piece as well. Every idea she has whether it relates or not is written down. This is a perfect example of getting ideas out there whether they are used or not. It does however, become confusing and overwhelming to look at. This is one flaw I find with Jane’s book, there is just so much that someone looking at it for the first time becomes overwhelmed.
Next, we look at the process book of April Bliss. Bliss’ book is extremely well organized and is almost a piece of art in itself. What truly works for April’s book is the way she went about gathering information. Instead of doing normal research and getting information through the internet, she goes out and talks to the target audience. She created a questionnaire to ask the teenagers specific things related to her project. She also went to Facebook to acquire additional information needed.
Bliss questioning friends on Facebook
Finally, we come to the book of Jamie Turpin. Their book is again very organized and laid out in a very easy to read manner. What I really appreciate about Turpin’s book is the very detailed illustrations of different ideas. It gives the idea of design concept before the actual final product. Jamie also does a fantastic job walking the viewer through every step in a very concise and easy to understand manner.
A diagram straight from Turpin's book
After reflecting on these process books, there are a few things I would like to begin incorporating in my process books. The first being to stop restricting what I write in my book. Like Dorn, I would like my books to be filled with random thoughts and ideas so I have things to take from everywhere. Finally, I love the very detailed illustrations of Turpin. I think I will start incorporating more of these practices into my own books. It’s important that as designers we respect our process books because these are windows into our own mind and can help in future work.
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