Spencer sent me this article and I liked it so much I sent it to every individual on my design team. Its a great read. I’m constantly running into interns and designers who are limiting their creativity, exploration of problem, and communication of a solution because a program wont let them do what they see in their mind, or they are to so afraid of a program they take shortcuts and their designs never measure up.
“…design students tend to take a more constrained and fixated approach to their design activity. Their use of CAD tools only compounded a pre-existing tendency towards attachment to concept and fixation. This approach influences the ways in which students approached design activity and tool use. A tendency to fixate reflects the students’ lack of confidence in their own design ability derived from a limited understanding of why and how design tools are used.” – Dr. James Self
I think this is an excellent reminder that CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketching, etc.. are all tools for us to use. If we want to use them effectively and correctly we have to become confident and comfortable with them. A new tool is like a brand new leather jacket its rough, stiff, uncomfortable to wear until its tried on and worn for a while. So…Keep practicing, try something new, branch out and explore a new tool. It’ll make you a better designer.