Six Reasons Paper / Pencil Always Matters In The Design Process

When I’m at work, my PC running on battery power after I forgot my charger at home, I wonder what I’m going to do once I run out of juice.

I also have my iPad on which I use Skype, I exchange ideas with the editor on the ideas I can use for my article, which makes handwritten notes almost impossible.

I finally took a notepad and pencil and started writing notes. Waits. My brain kicks in, comes up with ideas, and it makes me think about the reasons for this sudden surge, far from a computer or digital tool.

As I write, other ideas are born and I am completely in a fluid brainstorming session.

And so on that topic, here are six reasons why I think working away from a computer is still beneficial in today’s world of technology-driven work.

1) Working Away From The Computer Makes Work More Pleasant

In the current way of working, people have started to depend on the Internet for inspiration, and will start the design process on their PC or computer.Finding original ideas with the technique of paper and pencil has become rather rare, but it should remain part of the work of reflection.

The joys of working without a computer, using your hands to physically write the words rather than using an arbitrary content tool, is much more fun and personal.

Writing at home can also give you a clue as to whether the idea was well thought out, or just automatic writing.

The most messy ideas are often written in a less careful way, while the more thoughtful ones are more orderly and understandable.

Just because you’re gobbling up ideas doesn’t mean it has to be rambling and lacking in direction. Knowing how you write, and how you structure, can tell you what ideas you want to explore and express.

2) Paper / Pencil Work Everywhere

As mentioned earlier, the time will come when you forget your charger and your PC will run out of battery.

Shortly after, you walk down the street and an idea comes to you. Or you’re on a train, look out the window, and see something inspiring that you want to notice as quickly as possible.

You might have a somewhat heavy PC, but luckily all you need is a pencil and paper. They don’t need energy, and are one of the fastest ways to jot down ideas.

You can take them wherever you feel like working. Need to create a nature-themed logo? Go to a park and draw as much as you want!

3) Without Machine: The Computer Visual World Is Distracting

As a graphic designer, you need to create a visual solution to a problem that has been presented to you. If you rely too much on internet research, you can be influenced and do something different from your design concept.

This is not a bad thing; it may be research. However, if there is something in front of you when you start your brainstorming, you may find yourself copying the idea without expanding the concept to fit the brief. This development is surely better away from the machine.

Don’t fall for the trap from the start, do everything to avoid the visually heavy world of the computer.

4) Stay Away From Industry Standards

I think the design should not be limited; there’s a reason things are created the way they are. If you start out with the Adobe Creative suite in mind, for example, you’ll feel like you have to use it. What Creative Suite lets you do shouldn’t be a limit to what you can do in design.

By starting to conceptualize with pixels before drawing / doodling concepts in pencil and paper, you confine yourself and reduce your opportunities to create a unique and visually interesting design.

5) A Simple Sketch

Admittedly, I don’t have great talents as an illustrator, but I find that doing a sketch before I start gives me a solid understanding of where I want the project to go.

If I can sketch it out, I know there is usually a way for me to digitize it.

If he doesn’t render as I want on screen, the instinct is to over-edit concepts that are not well thought out.

This makes it easier to work with something more palpable than pixels on a screen. Avoid developing ideas in the Creative Suit, but use it only for posting after you develop your work in your visual notebook.

6) Procrastination Is Made More Difficult

If you’re on your computer, you have access to cat pictures, your Facebook contacts are trying to talk to you, and YouTube has endless numbers of videos to watch. The temptation is to do anything but start the job that you need to finish in a few days.

Drawing elsewhere than on the computer will help you escape it, and allow you to focus on the task at hand.

As you can see, the advantages of not working on a computer are numerous. In my creative toolbox, pencil and paper will always be a source of inspiration and endless opportunity.

As everything is going digital, the trend is to make things look handmade, like creating vintage logos. Also start manually; be creative with white pencil and black paper for different effects.

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