Where Good Ideas Come From
Years ago, my definition of living a rich, full life was not about making a lot of money, and every day was an adventure and discovery of something new. I’d write or sketch in a journal. Art school – Emily Carr College of Art as it was known then, opened me up to a new way of seeing my world. I’ll always be grateful that I took the art school route before entering academia to study art and architecture history at UBC. I started art school in Graphic Design which I loved, but an insatiable curiosity to seek out the creative process in other art departments had me digress into other media such as lithography, woodblock printing, conceptual art and performance art. I learned the beauty of texture with paper in printmaking, which I use in my work today. After 2.5 years of exploration, it was time to move on.
University was a different learning experience. Learning to write papers became a good skill that works well in my work as a content writer for the websites I design. However, the best thing I learned with my BA was learning how little I knew. This instilled in me a desire to learn more and research which I still use in my work today. Between these two houses of learning, I’ve learned to use my curiosity as GPS to learn more. A couple of years after university graduation, I took a three year graphic design program in Ontario to fulfill a need for a marketable skill. The culmination of this education provided the rich textured knowledge base to feed the design process.
The word “synthesis” comes to mind to describe why I love the current work I do as a designer:
Synthesis (from the ancient Greek σύνθεσις, σύν “with” and θέσις “placing”) refers to a combination of two or more entities that together form something new.
There’s a process of coming up with riveting solutions to a design issue. It starts with a need – for a logo, a website, a rebrand, etc… then quickly unravels into an unknown place led by the designer’s creative process once all the needs and parameters are understood.
Steven Johnson’s TED Talks delves into the history of innovation. It’s my current read and I can’t put the book down. His TED talk link below will let you decide if it’s a rabbit hole you want to spend some time in:
Stay open to the possible. Then stay open and enjoy what comes up.