Lucy Gordon Work in Progress

  • Tauira / Student
    Lucy Gordon
  • Kaiako / Lecturers
    Carl Pavletich, Graeme Kyle
  • School
    Ara Institute of Canterbury

Work in Progress was an extension of my final body of work as a student in 2020. A curated workbook (of sorts) that came to fruition from being unsatisfied & uncertain about where I was heading.

On the surface, the intention of the work was to document a work in progress—quite simply from beginning to end like a traditional workbook. Beyond this, it acts as a philosophical documentary on life as a design student nearing what felt like the end, but was really only the beginning. Work in Progress aims be a pearl of wisdom. It sheds light on the power of taking the emotions in your stride & embracing the ever-evolving nature of the creative process. After all, we are all a work in progress & that's okay.

In terms of design response, it was less about designing something that was memorable, but rather about letting the design sit back while the content did the talking—staying true to the concept of a workbook. The book is very much reliant on the copy, all written in my personal tone of voice. I hoped that my words would speak to anyone reading it, regardless of their design knowledge and that those who knew me, would hear the vulnerability in my voice as they read.

To me, the book itself still feels like a work in progress. Simply because I did it and as a creative (or even a human), I will never be truly satisfied. If I was, then it wouldn't be a work in progress.