One way to ‘force’ my students to have to put ideas down onto paper before reaching for their beloved computer is to have them produce a Creative Process Book as the final brief of my Editorial Design course. Essentially the content would be all their idea development from the other three projects of the fall semester. They then collate and lay out, editorially, in a clear, hierarchical, creative way. So, simply put – if a student has ‘winged it’ with any of the previous projects (in other words, minimal evidence of thought process), then it comes back to bite them with this one because they will be short of content – consequently, a low grade!
Here are a handful of pretty nice Process Books: