Social media allows designers to see a wide variety of work from other amazing designers and artists. The design world has become a melting pot of diverse minds and ideas. We seek to take this a step further by creating a resource for designers to use to learn from and post information about their own creative process. This will help democratize creativity in an already open and available medium. Welcome to "Rough Draft" the world's first comprehensive design process work archive.
Why 'Rough Draft' ?
In the age of social media, we all strive to present ourselves as beautifully as possible. There is no exception for designers, we all want to have perfectly curated content on our Instagram's and Behances. Because of this, however, authenticity is somewhat lost in translation. We lose the screw-ups, the bad ideas, and the really ugly sketches. Elements that would be very useful to budding young designers looking to figure out their own process or even senior designers looking to shake their own process up. We are collectively giving off this unrealistic view of what it is like to be a designer by hiding our roughest drafts from the world.
The site aims to collect as many examples of process within the field of design as possible. Pulling from existing articles, instagram, etc. as well as offering exclusive never before seen Rough Drafts from some of the greatest designers in the world accompanied by articles written about the process. All sources will be fully credited and sited as the goal is not to take credit for other people's stories, but to create a comprehensive and ever-evolving look at the design process.
The logo is supposed to look like a rough draft itself. Emulating blueprints, stacked strips of plywood, layered scotch tape, etc. With its modular boarded up appearance the pieces don't quite fit together and have pieces missing to give it a rough around the edges feel even if it isn't immediately understood what physical reference points I was working from. The hard part has been maintaining a good design sensibility while making it still look unfinished and unrefined. I think I will be perpetually tweaking this logo even after the site is launched.