"Draw, on anything, on everything." The words my Design I professor imparted to me years ago. These words have always been a significant contributor to my incessant sketching, my creativity, and my ability to bring to life – on screen or on paper – the concepts in my mind. 

"The first step, the first decision in the design process, is always the most important in my opinion... the decision to begin..."

It is said that sketching is a pillar of design, that without the basic ability to transmute one's ambiguous concepts into something that is definable and developed, it's easy to get lost as a designer... as a creator. The first step, the first decision in the design process, is always the most important in my opinion... the decision to begin, to commit to an idea. That idea most times will, and should, become nothing like it was first imagined to be. That first step, that first sketch, will always be the catalyst of the finished design.

 

So if you want to create, sketch all the time, commit all the time, begin again, and again, because each new sketch is a new first step. 

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About the Author

Trais Barhaug is a designer at Bonfire Effect with an inextinguishable need to imagine and create. He also loves cats and has a superhuman knack for building awesome PowerPoint presentations. He is constantly bringing fresh, inventive ideas to client brands and projects.