04.19.18: Silencing the voices in your head
WHAT YOU’RE SEEING HERE is not just a bunch of scribbles. It’s design.
It’s the design of a nameplate for The Bedford Falls Sentinel.
It’s also a bunch of scribbles. (I added the numbers later.)
There’s certainly nothing polished about what’s on the legal pad — but there’s really a method to this madness.
The idea is something I picked up years ago: In 60 seconds, create six different designs for…well…whatever it is you’re designing. Yes…six designs in 60 seconds.
Why the time limit? To silence those negative voices in your head. Oh, yeah, every designer has negative voices. You know, the voices that say:
“It’s not big enough.”
“It’s not strong enough.”
“Wow…that’s a bad idea.”
“You’ll never be a good designer.”
“Your stuff sucks.”
With only 60 seconds to do six designs, the only thing you can do is throw ideas onto the page. Your negative voices don’t have a moment to interrupt your work.
And maybe…just maybe…one of your scribbles will eventually become: