This is a new series here on AndrewKelsall.com that showcases works that I produce for my “Designer Notebook”. There’s more details on this at the end of this post, but firstly, here are 10 of my latest designs:
Simply put, my Designer Notebook is a collection stuff I just feel like designing. After 2 years of blogging, I still feel as though I’m not being myself and doing what I want to do.
Previously, when I’ve had an idea for a design, I’d just jot it down in my Moleskine and forget about it. If I wanted to produce the design, I would just put it off. I’d reason that in order to produce the design, I’d have to blog about it too by making it into a poster or wallpaper or something, even messing around with multiple resolutions for downloads. In short, I have little spare time so I rarely got around to just been creative and getting my ideas “out there”.
A few weeks ago I had an idea which was quite simple: when I have a spare hour, just design something and put it out there on the web. So I spent a couple of hours coding a static sub-site pages named “Andrew Kelsall’s Designer Notebook” where I could just design what I wanted and create a page with little effort.
Ever since, I’ve produced some typographic concepts and developed ideas that I just wanted to design, pure and simple. Click on the images above to see them on the own pages and in larger size.
No, not Big Macs, but I feel a lot less stressed lately about many aspects of my design-life. Ideas that float around my head are no good for me unless I get pen-to-paper and unleash them (s0 to speak).
It’s just great that I can now just have an idea, design it, upload it and get on with client work and blogging.
It’s stress relieving, creativity-liberating and helps relieve mental blocks by exploring my ideas and developing my skill-sets.
This blog is by no means dead. I’m still going to continue writing posts about graphic design, but what I do online is evolving as time goes on. I love to illustrate and draw, and there will be much more of this in the future. As I design and add illustrations to my site, I will add them to my Designer Notebook page (as well as making “volumes” of the designs for the main blog – like this post).
At the moment, I’m keeping busy on the client-side of things. I’m currently working on a couple of logo designs, as well as posters and web templates.
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