What is the most profound thing you have learned about yourself and your creative practices through this course? Have you experienced moments of disruptive wonder? In what ways has your perspective on graphic design practice changed?
In the last three months, I have interacted with methods and processes that have made me uncomfortable as I did not know the outcome. I did not know what was expected of me…there was no definite outcome that was defined….and this is something that threw me off completely… Ever since I have been working with design, there is always a definite, expected outcome… The process of not having one, and letting the journey of the process define what outcome would emerge was an ambiguity that I learnt to deal with by letting go of my inhibitions…. This ambiguous journey took me in directions that I had never thought of ending up with. I also realised that the subjects of my process and invariable outcome would be related to those that deal with empathy in society at large.
I am surprised at the experience in this course because I seem to have taken with me more than just process and disruptive wonder…I seem to have taken with me a way of making my mind think… By the time we were onto the second exploration, I found myself working with relative ease with the ambiguous nature of the process and outcome. I’ve also taken with me the need for working towards sustainable ways to design concepts.
My perspective and the way in which I approach my work has undergone a tremendous change already and I can see it in the way I have been interacting with new ideas for clients at work and with my students, where I teach. All the sleepless nights have been totally worth the wonderful experience to say the least.