Squiggle From Chaos Into Clarity

From Damien Newman:

Sqiggle from chaos into clarity

Years ago I dropped a simple illustration into a proposal to convey the design process to a client. It was meant to illustrate the characteristics of the process we were to embark on, making it clear to them that it might be uncertain in the beginning, but in the end we’d focus on a single point of clarity. It seemed to work. And from then on, I’ve used it since. Many many times.

Even though “The Squiggle” is a design concept, I find it to be a fitting analogy for what we are meant to attempt with our lives (or at least what I am attempting with my own). While it is certainly not by choice, chaos is the natural state through which I navigate the world. In any endeavor, it is my both starting point and the wall I will always struggle to climb.

While I’m far from the focused stage, I’ve found that striving for this kind of focus will help me move my projects forward and my entire life out of uncertainty and into the kind of clarity hinted at in this picture.

  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    I live in the squiggle.

    • http://michaelschechter.me MSchechter

      Me too, just trying to move myself just a little bit down the line to an ever so slightly less squiggly spot.

  • http://www.craigmcbreen.com/ Craig McBreen

    This kind of looks like my signature :)

    Yes, the creative process is most definitely uncertain in the beginning. Can I steal this? This would be a great printout to put in front of a client during an initial meeting. You see what I have to deal with in the beginning, people? But it will all work out in the end, trust me. A single point of clarity, indeed!

    • http://michaelschechter.me MSchechter

      Damien actually encourages it by making it easy to download the files here: http://v2.centralstory.com/about/squiggle/

      This is way neater than my signature…

      • http://www.craigmcbreen.com/ Craig McBreen

        Done. He has an impressive website!

  • http://frankdickinson.me/ Frank Dickinson

    I’m totally stealing this illustration – I have clients that won’t “get it” any other way!

    • http://michaelschechter.me MSchechter

      It just could not be more perfect if it tried. I’m obsessed with it.

  • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

    Michael, this is perfect, mindblowing, a squiggle says more than a thousand words!

  • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

    Michael, this is perfect, mindblowing, a squiggle says more than a thousand words!

    • http://michaelschechter.me MSchechter

      Nothing better than a simple image that says it all!

  • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

    Michael, this is perfect, mindblowing, a squiggle says more than a thousand words!

  • http://twitter.com/yuvizalkow Yuvi Zalkow

    I love this visual. So helpful for me to keep something like this in mind when I’m in the early phase of the squiggle, which is most of the time.

    • http://michaelschechter.me MSchechter

      Out of curiosity, how do you get out of the beginning and into the early phase? I have a friend who wants to know… yeah, that’s it, a friend…