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40 Days of Dating: An Experiment [Jessica Walsh, Timothy Goodman] on 1dating.me *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When New York–based graphic designers and long-time friends Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh found themselves single at the same time. 18 Jan Jessica Walsh and Tim Goodman, who turned a relationship experiment into the hit blog 40 Days of Dating, contemplate movie stardom, writes Hermione Hoby. But then came a twist: six weeks later, she met someone whom she married last month. Goodman was at the wedding. Unlike Walsh, Goodman. 1 Feb Manhattanites and graphic designers Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh decided to find out — and the platonic friends embarked on the tenuous mission of dating each other for 40 days. The adventure was chronicled in a blog — and now a book — for all to see. "Going into it, we both had opinions of.

In Julyafter struggling with opposite relationship problems fear of commitment vs. Their journey turned into a viral blog that has drawn over 10 million unique visitors since its launch—not just because it was an engrossing romantic dramedy couples therapy! An Experimenthas just been published by Abrams.

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Design caught up with Walsh and Goodman about design as therapy, risk-taking in both work and love, and their hard-won dating wisdom. How has your approach to love, dating, and relationships changed since the experiment?

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Before the experiment, I was trying to chase love, in a way. I was looking hard for the right person, which indirectly put way too much pressure on my relationships. Through the experiment and therapy, I realized I needed to focus on myself and have fun and not take things so seriously.

I had a much more carefree attitude, which helped in my dating life. I met the right person afterwards.

We met on OkCupid, my first date a month after the experiment ended. The project enabled me to be more honest with myself about wanting to find a relationship with someone worth it, someone great.

Jessie made me realize that. This project took it to a whole new go here level—mashing design with our personal lives. It created a unique storytelling platform. Now Tim and I are working on another project. I recently heard a great quote by Lena Dunham. We wanted it to reflect the digital presence we had: In designing the book, our first instincts as designers was to make some big crazy fancy coffee table book with postcard cutouts and perforated pages.

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But ultimately, we wanted a lot of people to have access to it. How did your design and illustration work help you process what you were going through emotionally during the experiment?

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We used design and illustration as a way to process thoughts and feelings. There were moments that were very therapeutic—like on day five, when we drew and wrote things about our exes.

Apart from an entertaining social experiment to follow, Walsh and Goodman also ask for the readers' interaction and contribution by including a "make your own steps" section to the website. Now Tim and I are working on another project. They invite followers to join their journey, "whether it's random acts of kindness, facing a fear or insecurity, being nice to your enemies, or paying it forward," [21] and document with photography, illustrations, writing, and typography on social media with the tag 12kindsofkindness.

After doing this experiment, what dating advice would you offer to a single friend? The project was a really big risk for both of us, personally and professionally. I was much more reserved before 40 Days of Dating in terms of sharing my feelings and personal life. Even my public image on social media was very curated and work-focused.

Teddi Mellencamp gets fed up with Dorit Kemsley and her troublemaking as the pair have an epic showdown 'I got warrants! Jun 21, Kayla Burress rated it liked it. Helps put things in perspective. I haven't read a physical book in such a long time and I must say I love even its smell, haha.

By Carey Dunne 5 minute Read. How did this project change your approach to design work?

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What was the thinking behind the design aesthetic throughout the book? What career lessons did you learn from the project?

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