Greenpoint-based artist, designer and author Adam Turnbull is releasing a new book today, Noted – A Journal to Explore How We Shape, Create and Develop Ideas. The book is sort of a creative choose-your-own-adventure, designed to lead you to new ideas by taking note of the different mediums around you. Any humble scrap of paper can be the starting point to your next great idea.
Turnbull argues that ideas aren’t precious – they’re messy, they’re meant to be explored and worked on and reinvented as they take their final shape. With open-ended cues, the book aims to spark new ideas and jumpstart your creative process, facing all kinds of unexpected mediums. Now you can finally unleash your inner street artist without breaking the law. What would you write on that blank wall?
The concept of the book stemmed from Turnbull’s habit of jotting down ideas on any piece of paper available – postcards, receipts, envelopes… He started binding these objects into small books, and those ‘canvases’ would help shape new ideas. The result is an interactive journal that is sure to inspire you. Whether you use it to document your next trip, come up with a plan for your new business, or help inspire your everyday, Noted is sure to kickstart your creativity. Read on for our Q&A with Adam Turnbull.
Photo credit Nick Brinle
What are readers going to find in NOTED?
Noted is a series of text and images that channel the energy of idea generation and lateral thinking. The book is filled with images of things I have collected over the years—photos, objects, writing, and quotes—along with illustrations that spark some type of visual cue to change your train of thought. For example, when one sees an old envelope they may think of their grandmother’s handwriting, their pen pal as a child, receiving a check in the mail or a bill that has sat too long on their desk.
With apps like Evernote and endless digital options, why is paper better?
I don’t necessarily think paper is better. Evernote and apps serve a specific a purpose and are great. Writing things on paper is a different process than writing in an app. Writing ideas on paper allows a person to make choices in a different way than you can digitally, everyone writes in their own way, especially when getting ideas down. The flow of information, the type of pen or pencil one will use, making mistakes and leaving them on the page—paper allows a much more expressive and unique process when generating ideas than a digital medium. Sometimes when writing an idea down so as not to forget, someone only needs a tiny sketch or doodle or even the association of where the paper came from. However, on a well-developed app everyone is writing and reading the same sans serif font in the same color. I’m not saying this is better or worse, the two are quite different.
How do you shake off a Monday morning funk / creative block?
Eating a good breakfast and having a good coffee is a great way to start a Monday. Writing a to-do list and mapping out the day/week also helps.
What do you love about your neighborhood?
I live in Greenpoint. I like that it has a nice mix of people, a good mix of industrial and residential buildings, and a great park and lots of Polish food.
You can meet author Adam Turnbull and get a signed copy tomorrow, October 7th at Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo, 7pm-9pm.