Although having been quiet on the blogging scene for little over 7 months now, today marks the first day of my 100 days of design challenge and back to the blog world. The 100 days project was started by a NZ designer named Emma Rogan, after she read about Michael Beirut’s 100 days of design assignment at Yale.
The overall concept is to spend 15 minutes every day for 100 days, completing the same creative activity (more info here). This could be drawing a cartoon, taking a photograph, making a short film clip, or anything that could fit into that time frame. The idea of it is to free up your creativity and build your concentration.
My idea for the project was from a book I brought for the library that I run, The Art of Clean Up by Ursus Wehrli. In it he takes everyday items such as fruit salad, christmas trees and washing on the line, and in the form of an homage to OCD he cleans them up. Colour ordered, size ordered, type ordered. It’s well worth buying (see it on Amazon here).
So I have opted to “clean up” a part of my daily existense every day for the next 100 days, as a creative exercise and I am going to tidy something chaotic, messy or utterly unsightly into something beautiful, quirky or unusually appealing.