The Creative Scrawl

I was happy to see Rick Valicenti’s recent journal/print project (shown here and above and below), which he titles “Notes To Self.” In 2008, he made more than 575 dense, black sumi ink pieces on 22″ x 30″ Rives BFK as something of a therapeutic tool. This week, he is showcasing them in South Africa at the world’s largest design conference, Design Indaba.
    I have been collecting various designers’ sketchbook pages for a few years. Seeing the process and unedited musings is like spending time inside a designer’s head. Okay, that might not always be so pleasurable, depending on the head, but sometimes it’s a true joy.
    Do any of you keep sketchbooks or journals? If so, why?


About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.