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How it was done – describing creative process | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

How it was done – describing creative process

thomas herbrich

thomas herbrich

Hopefully I’m not dating myself too much with me saying that I remember when Step Magazine was Step by Step and that when I was still in school I found it as an invaluable resource. A lot of the articles were process driven. A design was shown through all the stages to get to the final piece. It was a great to learn from “famous” designers. I don’t think Step magazine does that anymore – I haven’t picked up that mag or any other design mag for a while so I could be mistaken when I suggest that they don’t present that kind of quality anymore. Maybe they do – probably they don’t. But this post wasn’t meant to be a nostalgic look at the yesteryear of design magazine editorial.

I came across a nice photographer’s site that reminded me of the Step by Step magazine methodology. Each photo that Thomas Herbrich has in his portfolio has a simple text button with the caption “how it was done”. It doesn’t go into great detail, but what it does do is give a sense of how his images came together. A lot of design portfolios have practical information and if they’re really with it a description of how the design made the business better, but almost never mentioning how the design came to be. With a couple simple lines of text you really get a sense of how Thomas approaches photography. Visit his site at www.herbrich.com If there was anything I would switch on his site, it would be to get rid of the flash because the pages can’t be forwarded on with a link – only the home page…

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  • http://www.aside.in Naina

    I agree with you that there aren’t many designers who detail the process of ‘How it was done’ anymore. I might not be all that ‘famous’ but I do try to get into as much detail as possible with some of my logo design engagements on my blog : http://www.aside.in/blog – specifically the logos of Satguru Auto Components, Trishul, IOLCP, Timemakers and others as and when I get client permission – from brief, to sketch to completed logo delivered. Cheers!

  • http://muhsashum.blogspot.com Adrian J.K. Shum

    Michael, there are a number of photographers out there that have similar websites that detail their process (albeit mostly visually), anyhow check these websites out:

    http://www.christophehuet.com/ – click on the ‘making of’ button on the nav bar

    http://www.briandilg.com/imaging/index.htm – just mouse over the image to see the original

    Not a photographer, but an illustrator who kind of shows their process:

    http://www.processrecess.com/ – You’ll likely recognize James Jean’s work… check out the archives

    Cheers!