A little over a week ago, I attended the HOW Live Design Conference, and attended a session by Von Glitschka entitled “Drawing Conclusions: How Drawing Improves Design.” At the end of that session, Von challenged each of us to draw something every day for the next 21 days. In the past couple of years have become obsessed with hand-drawn type. I’m not sure if it’s my impatience with learning something new, need for perfection, or the intimidation of a blank page, but I haven’t been able to wrap my head around drawing type myself.
When Von made that challenge, I began to wonder if maybe this scenario was a good opportunity to start drawing more type. I decided that 21 days was a pretty short period of time, and I should just give it a shot.
The parameters I set for myself were as follows:
- The drawing should take no more than 10 or 15 minutes, tops.
- I’ll work in a tiny sketchbook to minimize any “fear of the blank page.”
- The goal is to be rough. Perfect is intentionally not part of the plan.
- No pen, and as little eraser as possible.
So far I’ve been drawing various phrases or lyrics that have meaning for me that day. Here’s a peek at the first five days.
Normally I’d say something like “I hope you like them!” at this point in the post, but honestly that’s not what this experiment is about. Whether anyone likes them or not doesn’t matter. This challenge is about drawing regularly, no matter the outcome, and hopefully improving in the process. What are you doing today to improve?