The Journal of the Practice
There is one thing we cannot forget, and that is memory itself.
In 40 years of actively designing, working on design and writing and speaking on design practice and innovation, I recall the labyrinthine journey of that involvement. It’s never about the big projects but a multitudinous loom of thousands of tiny threads.
The point might be, to that adventure,
that one can never forget the smaller moments and insights.
These minutiae make up the larger cascading of discovery.
And as designers, the whole point of the work is discovering: what did you find, what did you learn, what inspirations ignite the constellation of a new sky full of wonder? If you think about that, going back — where is that?
Where is that content, how have you, as a person, tracked that?
In a manner, the idea of the work isn’t only about the tracking of your successful groupings of projects,
the wins in the accolade of your career —
but more so, the lineage of the “how,”
the why, journey,
the making of that daily work.
The Journal of the Journey
It’s never about the work of the wins, but the wins to the work.
The journal is the hours of the journey — it’s the how that the walk of the maze occurs; as you make your way, what tracing do you make in the marking of those walls, those turns and corridors, the spikes of insight, the moments of new-knowing.
Note your walk,
transcribe your talk.
Life is short,
then you’re gone.
TIM | Old Queen Anne Studios