HOW I KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL

THE DESIGN JOURNAL PROCESS

COMING FROM A FASHION DESIGN BACKGROUND, I'VE HONED THE SKILL OF KEEPING A DESIGN JOURNAL. IN THE SCRAPBOOKING WORLD, MANY PEOPLE HAVE JUMPED ON THE ART JOURNALING BANDWAGON, AND I FEEL THAT THE WAY I APPROACH DESIGN JOURNALS IS QUITE SIMILAR, WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT END RESULT.  KEEP SCROLLING AND I'LL BE GIVING YOU SOME PEEKS INTO MY DESIGN JOURNAL. I'LL ALSO NOTE HOW I KEEP ONE, AND WHY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING!

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

THERE ARE TWO WAYS I INPUT INTO MY DESIGN JOURNAL. THE FIRST, IS JUST INSERTS WHEN THE INSPIRATION STRIKES. THE ABOVE PAGE ABOUT MENSWEAR INFLUENCES IS A PAGE THAT DOESN'T HAVE AN AIM OTHER THAN CAPTURING SOMETHING ARTISTIC THAT INSPIRED ME. THIS ALLOWS ME TO FREELY BE INSPIRED AND RECORD IT WHEN I FEEL LIKE IT. THE SECONS, IS TO DOCUMENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COLLECTION AS IT PROGRESSES. THIS IS A LONGER PROCESS AND INCLUDES SHOWCASING THINGS LIKE MY TARGET CUSTOMER, DESIGN DETAILS, AND THE SKETCHES OF PIECES I HAVE DESIGNED FOR THE COLLECTION. I WILL BREAK DOWN THAT PROCESS BELOW BECAUSE IT IS A LARGE PART OF HOW I KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL - AND THIS PROCESS CAN BE REPLICATED COLLECTION AFTER COLLECTION.

DEFINE YOUR CUSTOMER

THE FIRST THING I THINK ABOUT IS WHO MY GIRL IS - WHAT IS SHE DOING WHILE WEARING MY CLOTHES, AND WHO IS SHE? YOU CAN DOCUMENT THIS HOWEVER YOU WISH. I LIKE TO PAIR IMAGES WITH IDEAS AND JOURNALLING TO REALLY NAIL DOWN THE IMAGE IN MY HEAD BEFORE MOVING ON.

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

THE DESIGN DIRECTION

AFTER I KNOW WHO IS WEARING MY CLOTHES, I BEGIN TO LOOK AT THE NITTY GRITTY - THE DESIGN DETAILS AND SILHOUETTES FOR THE COLLECTION. AT THIS POINT I ALREADY HAVE INSPIRATION IN MY HEAD, AND A PINTEREST BOARD TO MATCH SO THE DIRECTION CAN BE PINPOINTED. HERE I'VE ALSO INCLUDED A DIRECTIONAL SKETCH ALONG WITH MORE CUSTOMER INSPIRATION TO REALLY NAIL DOWN SOME ELEMENTS I'M LOOKING AT.

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

COLOR PALETTE

IN KEEPING WITH THE DIRECTION OF MY COLLECTION, I PULLED A FEW IMAGES THAT NAILED MY COLOR PALETTE. I THEN MATCHED THE COLORS TO  SOME MATTE GOUACHE AND PAINTED THEM DIRECTLY INTO MY JOURNAL AND PAIRED THAT WITH A SKETCH I HAD DONE THAT FIT THE MOOD.

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

NAILING YOUR INSPIRATION

NOW THIS IS THE FUN PART! REALLY PULLING THE PLETHORA OF INSPIRATION IMAGES AND PUTTING THEM TOGETHER IN A VISUALLY STIMULATING WAY TO COMMUNICATE WHAT INSPIRED YOUR COLLECTION. MINE, ALL ABOUT TRAVEL AND THE GIRL WHO TRAVELS CAN BE SEEN IN THESE TWO LAYOUTS. (I CREATED MORE AS WELL BUT THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITES).

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW IT TRANSLATES

LASTLY, AS A DESIGNER, YOU HAVE TO COMMUNICATE HOW ALL THIS INSPIRATION, DIRECTION, AND CUSTOMER INFORMATION TRANSLATES INTO CLOTHING. TO DO THIS, I PAIR MORE DIRECTLY VISUAL IMAGES WITH ACTUAL SKETCHES. I PULL INSPIRATION BOTH FROM MY IDEA (TRAVEL) AND CLOTHING OR FABRIC REFERENCES. THIS HELPS THE VIEWER TO CONCRETELY UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU PULL YOUR IDEAS FROM AND HELPS COMMUNICATE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS. ANOTHER THING THAT CAN HELP YOU IS TO BREAK YOUR DESIGNS INTO GROUPS. YOU CAN SEE HERE I HAVE A COUPLE GROUPS HERE BROKEN DOWN INTO PATCHES, KNITWEAR, BUCKLE TIES, AND TYPOGRAPHIC PIECES. THIS MAKES IT SUPER SIMPLE TO COMMUNICATE INFLUENCES AND I LOVE THE VISUAL APPEAL IT HAS.

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL | THE PAPER CURATOR

ONCE YOU'RE DONE WITH THESE STEPS, YOU'LL WANT TO PAIR DOWN YOUR SKETCHES INTO A POLISHED, WELL VARIED AND DEFINED COLLECTION. SHARE THAT ALONG WITH YOUR COLOR AND FABRIC APPLICATION AND YOUR COLLECTION BASED DESIGN JOURNAL IS COMPLETE! EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT DESIGNING A COLLECTION, KEEPING A DESIGN JOURNAL IS A FABULOUS WAY TO GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING. ONCE YOU GET GOING, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT MORE AND MORE IDEAS COME TO YOU. GIVE IT A GO!

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS, TRICKS OR PROCESSES YOU USE TO KEEP A DESIGN JOURNAL? OR DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME ON MY PROCESS? I'D LOVE TO HEAR THEM. LEAVE A SHOUT OUT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! TILL NEXT TIME ...