Shannon Atwell

Graphic Design Major
Studied in London, England

"By far, it was the most incredible experience of my life. Not only did I make lifelong friends from all over the world, I was able to travel to ten different countries, be inspired by my surroundings, and fully immerse myself in a new culture."

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Visual Journal

Your visual journal is a personal creative book that enables you to personalize and document your discovery, development, and educational journey. Include:

  • Sketches and rough ideas
  • Composed, finish artwork
  • Musings
  • Reminders
  • Reflections
  • Notes and questions


Your journal should reflect your personality and interests. It should tell others what you're about, what grabs your attention, and what you have independently researched and discovered on your own, both in and out of class.

Books on Visual Journals


The Creative Journal: The Art of Finding Yourself by Lucia Capacchione
Visual Journaling: Going Deeper Than Words by Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox
A Life in Hand, Creating the Illuminated Journal by Hannah Hinchman
Artists Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages by Lynne Parella