Something we do in our little design team is “development time”. It goes in the calendar every other Monday for 2 hours. It’s supposed to be time that people can devote to their own projects. It might be:
- writing up a blog post or note
- designing and building a personal site
- sorting out a presentation
- learning coding or software bits
Pretty much anything that can be pursued personally, given a bit of time in which to do it.
This time round I challenged myself to write up and publish a recent presentation I did at the NHS Design Huddle (this is a get together of designers across the org) where I tried to get it out of “work“ a bit.
So here goes. I have 2 hours. Timer is set.
1: I bought a book
I also decided to take the “share” part of it seriously, and so did a presentation about things I notice and collect, but haven’t shared. Possibly from fear that the things I notice and collect make me a dullard…
2: That photo again
In another post I’ve mentioned just how deeply chuffed I am with the photo above. I took it in Bali, of some canang sari outside a shopfront. Nobody liked it on Instagram but I don’t care. I think there’s something in that composition, where everything just magically balances.
3: de Kooning, Krasner, Pollock
Something I’ve noticed is that I have always been fascinated by painting that:
- is figuratively suggestive of forms
- occupies a shallow visual field
4: Collecting shallow planes
So. It seems I have a tendency to collect things I see that resonate in a similar way. Photos taken, invariably at 90° to the ground, of found compositions.
5: Finding pictures on the ground
I think I noticed the moss and wood on the ground because it figuratively suggested something to me, and had a nice balance of composition. So I collected it.
6: Hyong-keun, Newman
I also have a soft spot for straight up “it’s just some rectangles!” abstraction.
7: Walking the dog
Now we live in Sussex I walk the dog in the woods almost every day. In these woods are a lot of wooden walkways and little bridge type things, because it gets super muddy.
8: Collecting walkways
Obviously my brain got hold of these walkways and decided that at 90° they were basically abstract paintings. And so I started collecting them.
9: Noticed, collected, shared
- noticed that I find interesting images on the ground
- collected a bunch of them as photos
- shared them in a talk (and now a post)
Phew. 4 minutes to spare. Luckily Keynote does a decent slides-to-image and
loading="lazy" is a thing.