100 Days of Contronyms
Every day for 100 consecutive days, I illustrated a contronym.
A contronym is a word with 2 contradictory meanings.
For example, bolt means to secure or to flee.
100 Days of Making is a Tisch course about iteration and its impact on the creative process. Students identify a theme to explore over the course of 100 days and commit to making a variation on that idea (and posting social evidence of their work) every day for 100 days.
It's about generating lots of ideas, never getting attached to one.The course turns its head on the traditional class structure and, instead of focusing on a final project, focuses on a daily, iterative design practice.
Students are required to post what they made each day online. At first, I thought this rule was about accountability. But it's more than that. It's about being comfortable with imperfection, not seeing it as failure. It’s the opposite of failure⏤it’s resilience, grit, dedication and evidence of improvement.
Creativity is sustained through daily practice, not waiting in vain for inspiration to strike.
Put your stuff out there even if you don’t like it.Give yourself permission to not be brilliant everyday. The good days wouldn’t happen if not for the bad ones right before. Looking back, fun to see themes emerge and certain designs remind me vividly of certain days.
Grand creative visions translate into small daily increments. ⏤ Mason Currey