Essay : I Was Made for the Quiet

[ This essay is a little bit of dabbling in creative writing of sorts. In it I connect my love for the visual world with my perception of sound. Here is a study that concludes Deaf and hard of hearing people see the world differently.]

What is design? The phrase “visual communication” seemed like an over-simplistic explanation for the ambiguous word design. I thought everyone noticed the little things, visual cues full of meaning like gestures and expressions. My eyes are heightened senses, reading lips and faces for information. My mind is quick-witted to fill in the gaps left by words that floated away from my ears. I was made for the quiet.

My mind soaked up literature and design concepts alike. As my fledgling skills developed, I began to use them to imitate the styles I admired. Abstract art schools who boiled down meaning to placement and color felt familiar. The ability of design to communicate astounded me. Moving from briefs to completion, I pieced together a creative process. One that I would return to again and again. Free association, make connections, research, repeat, sketch, render, feedback, repeat. Lost in the motions, I was made for the process.

As a young professional my free moments spent researching the bleeding edge fill my day-to-day between projects. My mind consumes all things visual. Art, photography, illustration, films, even sign language–you see, the world is a colorful beautiful place if we just look. Because of my unique perception of sound, I am visually attuned to the world. Because of my trained eye for design, I see meaning in color, form, contrast, and medium. I was made for the visual.