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Back to basics

These are 20 -30 minute observational drawings from around the oe:gen office. Very basic line drawings of everyday things, like a plant, or someone working at their desk.

As the art historian James Fox remarks in the BBC4 programme British Masters

In an age of celebrity gossip and popular entertainment – the quiet and the thoughtful and the understated still count.

He was referring to the work of Lucian Freud.

My studies are of the things around me – making stuff with the resources available and stealing a few minutes here and there.

Pen on paper observation of a plant in the oe:gen office
Pen on paper observation of a plant in the oe:gen office

Pen on paper observation of a plant in the oe:gen office
Pen on paper observation of a plant in the oe:gen office

Making something other than corporate websites and web apps, which is my day job, is important as it let’s you step away from the screen and in most cases this can help in the creative process. When starting a brief or wire framing I find it helps to work with your hands instead of just clicking away with your mouse and pressing buttons. It let’s your mind wonder and helps you to get playful. I’ve photographed some of my drawings and thoughts from this stage of the design process and I intend to incorporate them into the relevant case studies.

Drawing of a plant in the No1 Science Park reception
Drawing of a plant in the No1 Nottingham Science Park reception

The big theme to come from the New Adventures in Web Design conference 2012 was to go out and make something – anything. Cameron Koczon warned:

If you are back here in 2013 and you haven’t done anything… You fucked up!

Seeing as I have a ticket for 2013 (looking forward to hearing from Jessica Hische) I thought I had better do as he said.

A plant in the oe:gen office
A plant in the oe:gen office

In this talk Simon Collison speaks of freedom, creativity and his pursuit of something pure.

2012/10 Simon Collison (Benefit CreativeMornings) from CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

Colin Brewer

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