Do you start your day with a coffee?
We will get to that. But first.
There was some recent discussion on a few of the blogs I visit regularly that revolved around the relationship of using analog tools versus digital tools from a few different perspectives; creativity, generating ideas and keeping track of your life. While each writer took a different approach each seemed to ask similar questions and generated discussion on how we interact with technical and creative hands-on ideas generation. Below are the relevant links for reference.
It got us thinking about sketching and writing and how good it feels to put pen to paper. In our technology driven lives it is easy to forgo the analog and focus too much on the digital. As a design professional, I started out with pens and paper way back in the 80’s and because of my vintage I have s strong affinity to scribble, doodle and scratch away in a book.
Somehow it just feels right.
As Architects and Designers we SHOULD love the feel of a pencil or pen in our hand. The sketch is becoming a lost art (at least for me) and I rarely see it anymore where I work. There are a few individuals who maintain their skills but it seems fewer and fewer do as the workforce shifts to younger generations. It makes me wonder if that **new workforce** sees handwriting and drawing as valuable? If you grow up with technology in your hand it seems logical that it feels natural that using technology is where you are most comfortable.
We all seem to be adapting that way.
Some argue that it is a left brain/right brain thing. Right brain activity is much stronger with analog tools (pens, pencils, paintbrushes) and left brain analytical activity (typing, organization, figuring out technology) thrives in the digital realm. I am not convinced entirely that it is that literal but the premise makes sense to me.
For me, at least, it seems to be a mixture of both.
While I have embraced both mediums, the analog and the digital, I tend toward the digital primarily because tools are easily accessible, ready for use and are the primary business tools available where I work. I am a right brain individual so I still have a strong affinity to the idea of sketching and doodling, which as I mentioned, I really don’t do enough of. How about you?
So, today we did something a little different.
Here’s our post for today. Have a look at the page. This is just one way to brainstorm an idea for an article using the love of handwriting and the art of “sketching words”. We hope to communicate our thoughts on the direction in service a small coffee shop takes versus a large scale coffee shop and relate the correlation back to the similar scale and structure of a design firm.
What do you think? Did it work to help you understand what the idea is here? Did the image leave you with a feeling? Were we able to articulate the idea through the form and structure of “sketching words”?
Leave your thoughts in the comments and look out for the piece next week based on the sketch above.