Visual journals/Visual diaries

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by elephant stone, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. elephant stone macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2012
    I'm a graphic design student and was recommended by a couple of lecturers to maintain a visual journal. We've also been asked to maintain a reflective journal.

    Sorry, I've got plenty of questions so please bear with me! :p

    Does anyone know what the difference between the two is?

    What sort of stuff could you put into a visual journal? For example if I like the layout and the general idea behind a shop, could I jot down anything I find interesting about it into my visual journal or would that go into a reflective journal?

    Can you use any size of notebook for them? So could I use an A5 notebook for a visual journal because I find it a bit more comfortable to carry around?

    I've got a lot of questions (unfortunately for you guys!) but want to understand the difference between visual journals and reflective journals first. I've already had a quick look on google and asked my lecturers, but can't seem to get a definitive answer as to what goes into each of them.

    Ta in advance. :)
  2. hikinedd macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2012
    Orange County, California
    I've never heard of either, but going by the names alone I'd conclude a "visual journal" to be examples of others' work that contain inspiring elements I don't want to forget. My guess for a "reflective journal" is it would essentially be a portfolio of my own work, published/commissioned or not.

    And, since no one else stepped to the plate to explain it, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it! :D

  3. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    I've kept neither.

    Keeping a journal is a very individualistic choice. I personally have never kept a journal of any kind.

    I would suggest to your lecturers (and to you) that all people don't fit into the same box.

    A creative should understand that.

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