It’s not uncommon to find most designers and creative-types toting around notebooks, sketchbooks, and tablets filled with doodly brainwaves. Everyone has their own process, whether they prefer quick sketches on paper or going right for the computer to hash out concepts, but most would agree that the freedom to experiment in your own personal space can help ideas grow.
If you were able to take a peek into an artist or designer’s notebook, what would you find? A good guess would be anything and everything: colourful to-do lists, sketch after sketch of the same logo, doodles of this morning’s breakfast, illegible meeting notes, hand drawn words in beautiful typography…the list goes on. Sometimes just getting something down on paper can relax the mind, jog your memory, or spark a new idea.
For some sketchbook envy – and possibly inspiration – check out Creative Market’s showcase of 15 Impossibly Neat Sketchbooks of Instagram.
Design students are often advised to keep a notebook in order to observe their budding creative processes and keep track of sudden moments of inspiration. This suggestion is documented in Student Art Guide’s article, exposing a number of students’ personal – and impressive – sketchbooks.
Don’t let meticulously organised notebooks intimidate – the next great idea can start with just a scribble.
Main image lettering by Sean McCabe