Required Blog Post #3: My Manifesto

I want my work to be abstract in its idea rather than its design.


For my four desirable design companies I chose for my presentation, I included their manifestos within the first four slides. Their manifestos stated how they “emerge brands to the next level,” “take complex information and translate it into visually effective and intelligent design solutions,” “make the idea clear and simple, the design surprising and beautiful,” and “great design creates change for better – it solves problems, connects, seduces and transforms.” Going through the required reading by Stefan Sagmeister, I thought these three bullets listed below seemed key to everyday life:

  1. Help others
  2. Don’t hurt anybody
  3. Strive for happiness

These bullets reminded me of a book I once read called, “The Four Agreements.” In this book they stated the four agreements:

  1. Be impeccable with your word
  2. Don’t take anything personal
  3. Don’t make assumptions
  4. Always do your best

I think all seven of these statements are simple yet strong in its meaning. These statements can not only apply to life itself but into design. Design is everywhere. Design is not only pencil and paper or mouse and keyboard. Design starts with an idea or a problem which in the end solves a problem or task. If you are true to yourself, are kind, and work hard… I believe in the end you will find inner peace and happiness. Things fall into place, right? Once these bullets are set into your mind and you understand the full meaning of them, that is when you will feel in sync with yourself.

My Manifesto:

Personally I want to_

  • help
  • invent
  • experience
  • see
  • participate
  • imagine
  • understand
  • find purpose
  • break tradition

I want my work to_

  • solve
  • create
  • shock
  • confuse
  • inspire
  • break tradition

To inspire another with both my work and myself would be a personal goal and accomplishment in my life. With everything I do, I want to break tradition and be smart with my design, not just the everyday typical designs we see everyday. Everything starts with design. Design starts with an idea. I want to develop multiple ideas that do more than just solve a problem. Most of us are comfortable with where our work stands or where it almost stands. We as designers need to break free of our comfort zone and break free of tradition. I want my work to be abstract in its idea rather than its design. Constant challenges should be faced daily. Constant questions must be asked daily. Constant ideas should be created daily. I want to be faced with these obstacles daily. The more I challenge myself and practice my ideas, the better I will become.

Therefore, I will be in sync with myself, and at peace = happiness.

Progress:

I seem to still struggle with describing the type of work that I behold because I continue to strive for a variety of different mediums and projects within my portfolio. I thought at first that I was trying to find a certain style for myself, but I believe that a designer should not have to stick to one style because then you are boxed into one area of knowledge. I want to discover many areas of design. Not just flat, grid, and structured works done in Adobe programs. After researching several ways to incorporate illustration into projects, it pushes me to want to get back into practicing my freehand skills. I have a LOT of work to accomplish this year. I now understand that only I can push myself. I can be given all the tools and resources in the world, but it is up to me to teach myself and discover new ideas with these resources. After doing the most research that I have ever done in my life in the past two weeks, I now have a broader spectrum of understanding what my reasoning behind designing is.

hip hop influences

One thing in my life that I’ve realized truly influences my way of thinking, acting, and designing, I would like to give credit to hip hop. Music is so general for anyone to just say it influences them. But I love watching documentaries or listening to songs talking about the pain, fear, struggle, etc. I love hearing about the progression that music artists have experienced from starting out as nothing to something.


THAT’S what I want…I want to be that nothing to something

 

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Ongoing Research #1:

http://www.creativebloq.com/branding/packaging-design-resources-4131480

 

This website contains their top 12 helpful resources for package design. Within these 12 websites hold more interesting areas of resources which is awesome because it is basically one website linking us to more inspirational designs!

 

This Week’s Progress:

After doing a lot of reading and research, I am thinking that the most interesting topics and areas of study I am looking forward to pursuing would be package design, illustration, and editorial design. When I first took the elective for package design, I was so excited to be so hands-on with my projects. After that class ended, I discovered that the class was to be discontinued due to not enough students signing up for the class. I thought that was ridiculous because that was one of the best classes that I got so much experience out of. I was so happy to have been able to take the class when I could. I hope to include all three of my interests in my senior project, although I do not have a specific idea of what I want to create exactly, but I do hope to include all of packaging, illustrating, and editorial designing! After learning this, I know there is a lot more researching to do within these topics along with learning and re-teaching myself certain tools and elements of design. Especially the GRID! I do own a few books that have been mentioned in the senior letters such as ‘making and breaking the grid.’ Perhaps purchasing a few more books will seriously only help me with my designs in the making.

Blog Post #2: Senior Project Reflections

Before I reflect, I just wanted to make note of certain words, phrases, or sentences that truly stood out to me as reading these parting letters:
 
-time management
-asking for help
-being proud of myself
-difference between good and great work
-“What is a Designer?”- Norman Potter
-paying attention to detail
-research everything you do
-don’t mismanage your time and then blame someone else for your failure to complete the work
-don’t be afraid to throw your job aside to progress as a designer
-self realization
-unique
connections
-groupwork
-immerse yourself
-track your work
-develop life habits and routines
-Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
-When thinking about your idea, be as true to yourself as
possible. What do you love? What moves you? What are you
passionate about? What changed your life? What
shaped you into what you are now? All these questions will help to point
you to something that when you need to speak about it and
design it from within your soul, there will be actual sources to
pull from, rather then researching something you may not be
passionate about.
-if you don’t care now, you never will
-be confident
-never give up
 
 
As I read on through these letters, I noticed a lot of the previous students repeated a lot of the same thoughts, ideas, and advice. These listed above caught my attention the most and I felt best described me or could potentially help me. I love that I have these letters now to look back on to help me understand that I won’t be the only one who has felt like this and I am so positive that the rest of my class will be feeling similar emotions. I am SO SCARED about the time management due to the fact that I have two jobs and understand that somewhere I will need to make some sacrifices..and just need to figure out how. I need to take one day to stop, relax, sit down, and get my act together by writing out my schedule for the month, week, day, and duplicate it onto the google calendar, alarms etc. I need to make lists for myself on everything and research everything I am interested in and write everything down. There are a lot of times where I do not write everything down and I think that I will remember…and of course I don’t!
 
I think my biggest first issue is to know which direction I want to go for senior project. Yes there are many things I like to do and things that inspire me but to narrow it down..oh boy! I guess as time goes by we will wait and see!