Graphic Designers and Art Directors – do you keep notebooks, sketchbooks, or scrapbooks?


Jim Fitts is curating an exhibition that will display pages from Graphic Designers and Art Directors notebooks, sketchbooks, and scrapbooks. The pages will be scanned and printed oversize for display in the Mount Ida College School of Design Gallery.

The exhibition is titled “Permission to Fail: Notebooks of Graphic Designers” and will run from October 15th, 2015 until January 16th, 2016 at the Mount Ida College of Art School of Design Gallery.

It will feature large-scale photographs of pages from the notebooks, sketchbooks, and scrapbooks of approximately 50 well-respected graphic designers.

The concept behind the exhibition is to demonstrate the necessity of thinking through the steps of a project prior to turning on a laptop. Too many graphic design students begin the design process before they have explored a multitude of possible solutions. A large percentage of successful designers explore possible solutions by creating thumbnail sketches in a notebook or sketchbook.

Notebooks will be collected from designers and single pages or spreads will be photographed and large-scale exhibition prints will be created.

If you are interested in submitting your notebooks for consideration, or would like more information, use the email address on the contact page of my website.

Please let me know if you keep a notebook, how you use it, and if you are interested in being in the exhibition.