One of the most awesome….yeah, I said it MOST AWESOME…things that a person can do is find a process that works for them. Having a plan is the first step towards an idea, authenticity, and a mission, I refer to it as the vision. Without a vision; defined as the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom, one is unable to move into the process of achieving the vision. Process is formally defined as a systematic series of actions directed to some end, continuous action. Wisdom is defined as the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. If the vision is the plan, the abstract idea that will propel something great into the universe, than wisdom is the process that works that vision into reality.
So here’s a little story to help describe what I’m talking about. I had a project that required a vision for a sculptural wall installation. I had 2 locations in the building and I could do whatever my heart desired based on the mission of the company. The vision was to translate the brand mission into a large scale art installation, "live, work, play". Well how the fuck do you process that? I took the brand philosophy and started making rounds of sketches. From the sketches I kept the process going by finding inspiration, material palette, color story, and texture details that I felt would be powerful and exciting in the space. I found wisdom; experience, knowledge, and good judgement.
Once my final sketches were completed, I deconstructed the idea. I use this method everytime, because it's what works for me. These actions always lead me to a product. I outline everything I’m going to need, this includes how much the materials are going to cost, and how long it will take for me to construct each piece. Prototyping. More action. Taking a vision and making it a reality is one of the most difficult things anyone can do. No matter what your vision is…a business, a building, a painting, a sculpture, a piece of music, it takes a plan; an abstract idea, and a process; actions, in order to produce a product. The tangible thing for others to experience. Process takes wisdom to know what you need and how you are going to do it. The three fundamental ideas defined in wisdom; experience, knowledge, and good judgment are about learning. If you don’t have these, find them, and find them fast. The process is all about obtaining these three things, and it requires asking for help, finding a team, and a lot of research.
The method to my personal madness is having a vision or a plan, finding wisdom or a process in order to make dreams reality. The process is all about putting pieces of a puzzle in an order that works for you. You may not know it, so I'll just tell you, this is a creative rescue mission.
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