Here’s an insight into my creative process.
Music ‘Pinball Spring’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0
First I start mindmapping, with the main topic at the centre. I almost always use paper and pencil as it’s faster than using a computer and I find that the computer just gets in the way of the thinking process. When I run out of ideas I do some research using various search engines. If the project is quite big, and will take some time, I will keep copies of images I like and make a scrapbook or mood board for inspiration. Eventually I start drawing thumbnail sketches – lots of them, sometimes dozens and hopefully start to discover some ideas that I like best. I’ll then take those ideas and play around with them and develop them further. Once I have a fairly strong concept I’ll move onto the computer and use tools such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop to tidy up my designs, sometimes scanning a sketch into the computer to act as a template. The computer doesn’t figure in the process until near the end.
Here’s the sign I made for one of the courses I teach…
It’s pretty obvious that it’s for photography. I went through a bunch of different ideas and excluded some things. I thought about using a strip of film in the design, but 90% of our photography is digital now and it won’t be long until no-one remembers film. The camera is an obvious choice, by I also chose to add a tripod as it is a piece of equipment more associated with professional photography.
Here are some ideas for a department ‘sign’. Can you guess which college course or department they are for?
p.s. The video was recorded on my compact camera. The screen recording was made with screenr.com. The video was edited in Windows Live Movie Maker. The sound came from incompetech.com which has a lot of Creative Commons licensed music. I used Adobe Illustrator to create the signs as I couldn’t get access to Aviary’s Raven editor for some reason.