I have (had?) an inspiration folder. A collection of pages that I’ve removed from various magazines because I deemed the content worthy of a second look. I started it in the latter half of my freshman year and based if off design portfolios that we had to keep in Publications. Basically the same concept, but for class credit.
I’d like to believe that the design portfolio assignment pushed me to keep an eye out for savvy design. I actually believed that starting my own inspiration folder would gradually help me become a better designer. But that never took off, designing just isn’t my thing. I can certainly recognize good design from bad design, but I can’t seem to be original and create my own look.
So, my more recent additions to my inspiration folder have been interesting or creative photos (journalism or editorials) rather than any real design. There is a point to this entire spiel. The thing is, I seem to have misplaced my inspiration folder and it’s driving me nuts. It seems like it might be a real “nbd” sort of moment, magazine pages are easily replaceable or found online. It’s the principle of it all! I can’t go around losing my long term project commitments.
When (if) I find my folder .. I’m getting a hold of a scanner and creating backups for everything.