Page from ‘Things That I Have Learned’ by Stefan Sagmeister. You can read the text here http://blog.penzu.com/stefan-sagmeister-keeping-a-diary-supports-personal-development/
'Going to Crack' Tracey Emin (1997)
Emotional confrontation as a monograph.
Article about visual diaries.
Artist Janice Lowry showed her life journey so far by a visual diary with creative writing/typography, collage, illustration and other mediums. Many artists do this as a way of recording their lives and keeping them creative. It is also very therapeutic and can help with mental illness.
Sagmeister is a New York-based graphic designer and typographer. He has his own design firm called Sagmeister & Walsh Inc. in New York City.
His book ‘Things That I Have Learned’ features different projects photographed and the meanings behind them often using typography through different materials placed in the various environments to help portray his thoughts. These typographic messages build up quotes and feelings about what Sagmeister has learnt throughout his personal life and design career.
'Astonishingly, Stefan Sagmeister has only learned twenty or so things in his life so far. But he did manage to publish these personal maxims all over the world, in spaces normally occupied by advertisements and promotions: as billboards, projections, light-boxes, magazine spreads, annual report covers, fashion brochures, and, recently, as giant inflatable monkeys. In this presentation Sagmeister throws his diary, a lot of design, and a little art together with a pinch of psychology and a dash of happiness into a blender and pushes the button. It tastes surprisingly yummy.' (www.sagmeisterwalsh.com)
“Note. Goethe thought thinking more interesting than knowing, but not so interesting as looking. Certainly when confronted by a boring conversation my concentration is inclined to fold its arms and divert itself by observing the visual dialogues of my surroundings: the chit-chat between dappled sunlight and a chintz fabric, the point of contact between the edge of a near chair and the silhouette of a far lampshade, the dissolving outline of a face as it passes in front of a bright light. As Georgia O’Keeffe pointed out: ‘Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.’ “
“We don’t think in words. The temptation to equate thinking with language is because words are more palpable than thoughts. After all – I’m thinking – if I couldn’t talk to myself how would I know what I was thinking? Thinking is hard work; few engage in it.”
“‘Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees;’ Paul Valéry.”
PostSecret is an ongoing community where mail art is collected and presented online daily and in books and is where anyone can write their secret on a postcard and send it in where it can be anonymously view, this can be therapeutic for the person with the secret. They are often created in vey artistic ways. Frank Warren is the founder of PostSecret.‘The concept of the project was that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they had never previously revealed. No restrictions are made on the content of the secret; only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before. Entries range from admissions of sexual misconduct and criminal activity to confessions of secret desires, embarrassing habits, hopes and dreams. The secrets are meant to be empowering both to the author and to those who read it. Frank Warren claims that the postcards are inspirational to those who read them, have healing powers for those who write them, give hope to people who identify with a stranger’s secret, and create an anonymous community of acceptance’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PostSecret
Milligan suffered from severe bipolar disorder for most of his life, having at least ten major mental breakdowns, several lasting over a year. He spoke candidly about his condition and its effect on his life:
'I have got so low that I have asked to be hospitalised and for deep narcosis (sleep). I cannot stand being awake. The pain is too much… Something has happened to me, this vital spark has stopped burning - I go to a dinner table now and I don't say a word, just sit there like a dodo. Normally I am the centre of attention, keep the conversation going - so that is depressing in itself. It's like another person taking over, very strange. The most important thing I say is 'good evening' and then I go quiet.'
It is sup prising that how the people who appear to be the happiest and creative can be mentally ill. Stephen Fry is another great example who suffers from Bipolar also and created a documentary about it entitled ‘The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive’.
Fletcher has a brillant mind which has been recorded in is works, he creates quick doodles, collages or uses any medium he feels fit to record what he wants to say, often humorous, political, quirky or personal. The end of his book Picturing and poeting he quotes Groucho Marx ‘Outside of a dog, a book is a mans best friend: and inside a dog, it’s too dark to read’. I thought this was brilliant and reminded me of Spike Milligan who as a child I loved reading his stories (and still do).
I love how Fletcher just has fun with creativity and art and makes the simplest things seem interesting.
When I was little I would draw every day it would be something that made me very happy, I want to stay like this of course deadlines and work come into the picture as we grow older but i don’t want to be so depressed I loose out on doing something I love.
I would create fashion illustrations and branding but of course I didn’t have to worry about it being judged, today this is one of my fears and stopping me from getting anyway. I need to start caring less about if something is good enough, I need to be brave.
After speaking to my lecturer Vicki Shields we decided I would benefit going down the route of being brave still but creating a book full of my feelings, showing I am being brave by voicing my thoughts as I struggle with depression. It will be a visual diary where each day I say how I feel through any method I feel like, this is like a kind of therapy but also will help me to stay creative.
This helps me to create a small piece of artwork about my thoughts and feelings each day weather i feel like creating something or not. It gets me into a habit of putting my thoughts out in a visual manner.
I am still collecting quotes I enjoy or represent how I feel and will look at other artists to see how they overcome their emotions, stay creative or just have a good old rant!
P.S. I love you: The heartbreaking notes a six-year-old cancer victim hid for her family to find after she died ›
Elena Desserich died in August, 2007 - but not before hiding hundreds of notes telling her mother, father, and little sister Gracie that she loved them.
So sad but a beautiful idea to make the notes into a book.
"Elena has left behind a story of resilience, hope and most of all, love. We can’t help but take her into our hearts, and carry the best of her into our own lives."
Jeffrey Zaslow, Co-Author, The Last Lecture
Illustration for initial ideas on the fashion brand Oasis for my promotion design project. The brief has to be feminine, fun and contemporary, the idea of using illustration appeals to myself and this briefs style but the typography could be introduced after digitally. This is a hand drawn illustration that I have scanned it, it would be nice to add some colour and try some different designs incorporating the necessary type Oasis want to promote.