Reflections // Resolutions

Well, the year is coming to a close, which begs a reflections and resolutions post, leaning towards the latter. 2012 was a personal and professional roller coaster that has since challenged me with some unexpected free time.

I’ve had an idea for a side project cooking up in my mind for all too long, but I never felt I had the time to dedicate my brain to it completely. Until now. A recent turn of events has granted me the time and I finally feel ready to tackle the idea. Which leads me to the idea of sketching.

I think it’s safe to say that all designers strive to sketch more in their processes and I am no different. I’ve noticed a trend with lots of designers who follow daily sketching projects that have helped them push their skills and creativity, but also jumpstart their careers. So, in 2013, I’m going to dedicate my time to a weekly illustration/lettering project that will keep me sketching on a weekly basis. The goal is not only to improve my skills, but also to keep myself regimented and creatively fresh. That’s what resolutions are all about, right? Let’s hope my public announcement of this project also helps fuel my motivation to complete it. Otherwise, I’ll just feel like a major dork (and probably delete this post).

The plan is to illustrate Bruce Mau‘s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. I suppose it’ll be My Unofficial Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. There are 43 points, 52 weeks in a year. That gives me time to work through sketches and illustrate one point a week, with plenty of weeks for breaks and blocks. Not only will the project challenge me creatively and skillfully, but the manifesto itself will remind me regularly why I chose the profession I did. The project will be quite the undertaking, but I’m ready for a self-directed challenge and can only imagine the satisfaction I’ll feel in a year’s time when it’s (hopefully) complete. Here goes.

Oh, I’m in no way, shape, or form associated with Bruce Mau. Just a fan.


  1. I like this…

    Keep your head up, you are an incredible designer.

  2. Emily (Author)

    Thanks, Frank! Head is high :-)