Be a Better Designer 8: Avoid Ctrl + Z
What I mean is when you are working on a design in particularly in sketch form, avoid using the eraser, liquid paper (White-out), or if you are sketching on a table pc or drawing tablet try if possible not to use the undo function (Ctrl+Z). Why?
What I find a very common trait with design students or budding designers is they tend to sketch in pencil and use an eraser to rub out their mistakes. However if you want to improve one’s drawing or sketching ability, my advice is to stop using such a tool. Along the same lines I wrote an article, a few months back, on the importance of the ability to sketch as a designer as well as tips on how to improve your sketching ability . The articles touch on this tip and make good background reading; however this little trick also helps make you into a better designer.
The reason is because it forces you to draw with a measured stroke. It encourages you to think your concept through before you draw. It makes you consider your line or point before you commit to it when you put it on paper. I have found that by working with pen or even markers, it reduces the chances of random doodling and “chicken scratches”.
Unfortunately when you do start it will not be easy. You will often get disproportioned distorted shapes and might have to redraw a sketch over a few times. Practice is the key. However do persevere, as in time to come, it will become almost second nature to you, and you will find that you can move that idea from your mind onto sketch perfectly almost every time.
Please do let me know how it turns out for you?