April 12, 2015

Just do something

Draw a line

Matthew Frederick’s 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School is so full of good advice that it’s sold in general bookstores.

Like all good stories, it starts at the very beginning with, “How to draw a line.” It ends comfortingly, “Architects are late bloomers.”

The antepenultimate lesson (which is almost worth choosing just to use such a long word), is, Just do something:

When a design problem is so overwhelming as to be nearly paralysing, don’t wait for clarity to arrive before beginning to draw. Drawing is not simply a way of depicting a design solution; it is itself a way of learning about the problem you are trying to solve.

Procrastinators and perfectionists take heed.

Skippy Strategy: Even when you’re not sure: draw a line, arrange the meeting, make the call, work the problem.