For my portfolio exercise from Daniel Pink's "A Whole New Mind", I chose to create a design journal, because it was something that I already did, to some extent; I'm interested in graphic design, and in an effort to become a better designer and to refine my eye a little bit more, I try to collect good graphic design when I see it, usually just colors or fonts or concepts that I like. However, I kept it mostly online, and I realized that I had a box of things waiting to be collected into something more permanent. I also thought I should tell the story visually, since design is, obviously, visual.
I started off with this paperback notebook with an owl experimenting with a pogo stick on the cover. I enjoy writing, so I always end up with around 13 empty journals at the end of every Christmas, so I just snagged my favorite one that was waiting to be used.