Sponge is a project by Millie Jobson, a mixed-media graphic designer from Newcastle. The publication aims to investigate where we all come from as creatives, as although we are complex thinkers as adults, fundamentally we all started from the same place: scribbling as a child. A plethora of designers from various creative backgrounds and some children have been interviewed for sponge; the interviews consist of the same six questions. The six questions were created in direct relation to the six stages of artistic development to see if the stages are relevant or have any impact on graphic designers as professionals.
'Sponge celebrates the naive and expressive creativity we all had as a child, and can still have and the beauty in that. Especially since all of the illustrations and the composition designs are taken directly from or inspired by my childhood drawings.'
In this issue:
Sponge #2 brings professional graphic designers and children together through a series of interviews and gives them the same platform to express their thoughts and opinions on the same six questions in one publication. The six interview questions are based on the six stages of artistic development that we all experience as a child from 0 – 16 years and the questions underpin the designer's and children’s creative thinking and processes. Both the children's and designers’ insights and opinions are as equally important as the other in Sponge and the magazine celebrates the naive and expressive creativity we all had as a child, and can still have, and the beauty in that.