I want to credit Chris and Jon of the Design Review podcast with the fact they just did a podcast on this and listening to it pushed me over the edge. Another podcast which has been making me think about this is Presentable with Jeff Veen which had an episode with Jared Spool. I'll admit I spaced out in some of this episode as I was cycling, but the idea of recording something everyday. Creating the record of a journey as a person, of a project, of learning- it just struck me as incredibly powerful and useful.
Why am I doing this? Well, I guess I have a few goals that I want to keep in mind to keep this from going everywhere and just becoming a diary or personal journal.
1. Hone my writing skills- ok, so this is purely for my own benefit. This includes learning the true purpose of the mystifying semicolon, and the cessation of starting sentences with the word "so". On this note—feel free to drop a comment on what I need to do, I'm not going to take offense if you tell me how not to dangle my modifiers, or that I am splitting infinitives.
2. Recording my thoughts and experiences. When I started thinking about doing this properly, I was already bummed that I hadn't started it 2 years ago when I started school and been documenting all the experiences and stuff that I had learned. Thinking about the some of the projects and companies I've been involved with, it seems like something that I should have been doing all along. The other side to this is that, should someone stumble across this, hopefully it can be some kind of resource.
3. Reviews. So I like to read, and hopefully doing this can help me to read more, and help others find books in the realm of design. Also I love to read, but I'll be honest- sometimes I have to read a book again to remember it's specific purpose or how good it was. Writing these should help me not have to go back over the chaff.
4. My final reason for doing this right now, is that I am about to embark upon an experience which I was incredibly lucky to get. Picked as one of two students to participate in the Be Original Americas fellowship program. Starting June 12 I'll be away from Chicago and traveling for seven weeks, and I think keeping a public record of that is important to me. I also see it as some kind of duty to those people who weren't as fortunate to get the opportunity and to try and repay in some way the organization and companies who will participate in it.