Start Somewhere: A Handbook of Dubious Exercises, Tips and Rants About Becoming a Designer Who Writes is a zine to help designers grapple with generating their own content.
Start Somewhere is a 76-page handbook about how to become a designer who writes. Most designers grapple with generating their own content. This zine is full of writing about *how* to write and more importantly, how to get started.
The zine includes 14 hybrid design/writing exercises, a number of helpful tips, and is copiously illustrated. You can order a copy here: http://wordshape.com/start-somewhere-by-ian-lynam/
Within, I write about exactly *why* designers have a hard time making their own content, design theory, design research, guilty pleasures, shoe fetishes, design curation, and a number of other topics.
A variety of creative methodologies are included, notably creative writing, curating, exploring history, and getting in touch with your own practice. Start Somewhere is a self-initiated and self-published project. It can be purchased via my publishing imprint Wordshape, as well as through Draw Down Books and Amazon.
I'm a graphic designer, design educator, design critic and design writer who has been based in Tokyo for 16 years.