Poster Session II Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Developing a Daily Design Habit

Robert Kostick, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Keene State College

This poster will aim to inform students, faculty, and creative practitioners about the educational outcomes of developing a daily design practice.

Many of history’s famous creative people followed a set routine — a system for accomplishing significant work. For example, Stephen King writes every day, including his birthday and holidays, and he almost never finishes before he reaches his daily quota of two thousand words. W.B. Yeats described his routine in a letter to a fellow poet: “I read from 10 to 11. I write from 10 till 2, then after lunch I read till 3:30.” According to a friend, Yeats would write for at least two hours every day whether he felt like it or not. Similar to an author who writes on a regular routine, a designer might also use a ritual or daily practice as a technique to develop skills and make more work.

In fall 2017, 25 graphic design students at Keene State College embarked on a project to create an artifact for 100 consecutive days. Other than the parameter of committing the action daily, the students were free to select the medium, develop a method of documentation, and determine a final form for their proposed daily habit. One student copied song lyrics with his less dominant hand while another student made a freehand drawing of a different logo everyday. Students took pictures, rendered household objects, collected screenshots of websites, and drew the first word “that popped into my head when I got out of bed.”

This poster will showcase the results of this experiment and seek to answer the question: What do student designers learn by engaging in a daily design practice for 100 days? The results of this study will be compared to the competencies and trends outlined in the AIGA Designer 2025 report. It is hoped this study will inform faculty, students, and other creative practitioners about the educational outcomes of developing a daily design habit.