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Design, Time, Diaries & the Golden Ratio

November 16, 2013

Some of you (who have been following this blog for a while) are probably wondering what is happening with my online design course. Well, as this week brought me lots of brilliant things (for e.g. I got to meet a writer from New Zealand!), it was extremely busy and I didn’t have time to read the information, provided by the tutors, or to do the homework. I’m trying to catch up now and will share some wonderful stuff, that you might like.

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This week was all about keeping track of time, as we are being told constantly that design is about organizing your time.

“Designers are foremost planners.”

And do you know what the easiest way to keep track of time is? According to my tutors:

“The easiest way for you to keep track of “time” (or meet “time”) is to keep a diary. … A lot of good designers, architects, artists, musicians kept notebooks and diaries…”

I guess all of us bloggers are already doing this, as blogs are a form of an online diary, yet they are a bit “censored” just because they are public. I must admit I have also been playing with an idea of keeping a little sketch book – notebook, that I could record my crazy ideas on the go, but the thought of losing it… is extremely scary, so it keeps stopping me. Have a guess how happy I was to find out that I’m not the only one who feels like that – Bruce Chatwin, a remarkable storyteller known for his travel logs, once said, “to lose a passport was the least of one’s worries. To lose a notebook was a catastrophe.”

Anyway, the most important homework of the week was to make a notebook (I haven’t done it yet…). If you decide to have a go, here’s something that should help you – the golden ratio. This will help us learn about proportions, because if you want it to look elegant, proportions are essential!

And if you want to make your notebook with binding… here’s how:

Image found on the "Fuck Yeah, Book arts!" Blog

Image found on the “Fuck Yeah, Book arts!” Blog

And here’s a link that will help you if you decide to try out the stab-binding technique… and here’s a link that will teach you to make paper!

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I will leave you with a quote, that hopefully will inspire you to celebrate life in every possible way:

“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile,”
said Mark Twain.

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  1. November 17, 2013 5:15 am


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