As our first assignment in our Book Lab class, we were given instructions to design an artistic self-portrait using mind maps and infographics. The purpose of this project was to capture your character the best you could. For me, this project required lots of patience and self-construction.
The first step was to gather the data for my project. I started with a messy creative process by making a mind map and writing down everything that came to mind about my current self-perception, including feelings/emotions, interests, passions, motivations, personality, etc, and also used family members for input. I created another mind map where I wrote down everything that came to mind about how I want to be perceived by myself and others in the future. The next step of my process consisted of drawing a self-portrait on paper of half of my face. I wanted only half of my face to be drawn out in fine lines. I left one side of my face with white space so that I, later on, could use it for the content in my mind-map about how I envision the future me. I traced my self-portrait in illustrator and made the stroke lines thicker. I wanted to focus on the areas I wish to improve, so I used lighter colors to demonstrate what I am currently good at, and darker colors for areas where I need to improve and used my content from the mind maps I created to create trends and patterns.
This project helped me understand the importance of practicing experimental creativity. My project started with developing concepts, and then as I experimented with making new connections between form and content, I realized how my creativity suddenly unleashed into something very powerful.
For this assignment, mind mapping was necessary to explore the scope of my inner and outer self. Mind Mapping is a fascinating tool because, as I went on, my brain would automatically and efficiently plot out concepts associated with the topic.