Hello everybody! over the last few weeks I have been doing a cleanup of my old fashion, photography and illustration magazines I have collected over the last few months. They’re really starting to clutter the home and it’s become a little messy, so I have began cutting out bits and pieces of parts I loved the most and have begun creating a visual/inspirational diary. Now for those who aren’t familiar with a visual or inspirational diary it’s basically a journal that consists of materials that have inspired your creative works, sort of like visual history guide. It’s a great way to look back at your humble beginnings, for example a style of illustration that you liked, a photo which captured you or even a colour or a font you just can’t get out of your head. Small things like that you can cut out, keep and use as a reference for a later date to look back on. Now for those who have studied art, design, fashion or photography, you’ll already know all about this, however since back in the days when I attended University I never really appreciated the usefullness of these diaries. I was always told by lecturers to keep collecting, keep building and you’ll have a treasure trove of references and inspirations to look back on once you get into a rutt. So like all before me I am spreading the word. Make visual/inspirational (whatever you want to call it) diaries and seriously you won’t regret it. Sure it’s a little more work but hey do what I did, be it old mags or big bulky books, add it to the journal. Here’s some snap shots of my journal in progress, it’s sort of a mish mash of bits and pieces, along with some drawings I did. It’s not pretty, it doesn’t have to be it’s all up to you.
Here are some more examples, these are not my own but it’s a good reference to see how different each visual diary is. ENJOY!