Design streams

Thought this was a great find from LifeHacker, about the 2003 keynote by the author Neal Stephenson at USENIX. When he wrote his first novel it was on a “modern” typewriter with a plastic ribbon that would start jamming in Iowa’s July heat. The only way to stop it jamming was to keep writing and writing, creating a stream of conscious experience that helped make the writer more productive.

There’s something to be said for problem solving in design. Keep sketching. Draw the first things you think. Iterate. Draw the ridiculous. Just keep getting stuff down so you get in a mental state where something useful and interesting will start to emerge…