Using Designing Skills to Design Your Day

Does being a good designer mean you’re better at planning things? The realistic answer would be “not always” but I think it should be that way. If a whole circle of people rely on you to design the next great thing but you can’t even design how your own day unfolds, it might mean you just love designing but don’t have much willpower or that you’re not a good designer at all. Maybe not though!

Ironically, this viewpoint adds and in some ways goes against the point I was trying to make in a previous blog post: Why designs don’t always go as a planned.

When you sit down at your drawing table and design something, you’re using the same part of the brain that someone like David Goggins or Jocko Willink, figures known for their supreme willpower, use when they sit down at the breakfast table and plot out what their day is going to look like. They have to visualize things, plan what’s going to go where, and it’s no different than designing a sweater in my opinion.

Maybe if you’re a designer with bad willpower you’ve been doing yourself a disservice your whole life by lying to yourself. You might tell yourself you have no control over your actions, so you procrastinate when you should be working. Stop lying to yourself about this! Realize that if you’re able to design anything, you’re able to design the perfect day for yourself.

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My Favorite Roof Designs

Designing isn’t all about clothing and facades. Everything made by humans has to be designed by someone, including the thousands of things we see everyday but never think twice of, like broomsticks and rooftops. That’s why today I want to give some credit to roof design.

Architects put a lot of effort into their roofs. In a medieval cathedral, in fact, everything is built up to support the roof which is made of stone. In order to do this they need flying buttresses and ribs in the vaulted ceiling. A lot of thought and planning goes into every roof, but some more than others.

My favorite roof designs are:

  1. Sydney Opera House
  2. Hagia Sophia
  3. Space Needle
  4. One World Trade Center
  5. Lotus Temple

The reasons I love these roofs can each be explained in separate posts. But here today I’ll explain another not so common roof that deserves credit–the Legislative Assembly of Victoria BC also known as the Parliament Building even though Canada has their real Parliament in Ottawa. And, no, I didn’t just choose this building because it’s Canada Day today. I chose the Parliament Building because the roof is actually spectacular and holds vast history in the image itself.

You may not know this but there’s a concrete historical reason why domes are often used on government buildings, and it goes back to the Byzantium and the Hagia Sophia. To build a domed roof is one of the hardest designs to get away with and today I bet it would be very hard to find the roofer Victoria BC would need to build such a domed structure today. That’s why it’s so special, because to build a domed roof out of wood and metal today is one thing, but to do so a hundred years ago with nothing but stone is a whole other task.

In Victoria BC, the domed roof of the Parliament Building dominates the landscape of the harbor there, and people coming off the boat from Seattle are reminded of the slow and steady pace of democracy as it evolved from ancient Greece to parliaments around the world today. The history is in the architecture itself, and there’s a reason why locals cherish such old buildings and don’t have their governments in modern buildings with flat, boring roof designs.

I’m not a historian so I don’t know the history in detail but I can say this–the designs are very old and have been brought over from Europe where they were preserved by stone masons for hundreds of years.

Now, today, we can sit back in awe at the extraordinary power that such roof designs permeate out into their purlieus. So let’s enjoy this sights!

Why designs don’t always go as planned

Imagine you’re sitting at your desk with a pen, you’re a famous designer with a deadline for the next fashion show. You’re trying to design a new costume when after hours of nothing an image of the perfect design pops in your head. You only see the image for a split second but that’s long enough to remember it and draw it down. You draw hastily in case you forget what you saw in your mind. The, when you stand back and think you drew enough to immortalize your spontaneous idea, you frown and think what you drew looks nothing like what you saw in your mind.

Upset, you crumple up your page, chew on your pen and go back to square one. Why didn’t this design go as planned. It’s because the human memory isn’t perfect. This example illustrates the reason why many designs fail to look like what we imagined once they’re materialized.

Another analogy of why our designs don’t always go as planned is designing our own future. Imagine a young man who designed his youth to become a salesman for his dad’s car shop. When he turns the ripe age, he finds out his dad sold the shop and retired, leaving him with no career and has to rethink his future. Stuff like this happens all the time and this brings us to our second reason designs often fail: because we can’t predict the future.

Why do you think designs often fail? Let me know.

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Why I love designing

I love designing because most people have horrible taste in fashion, frankly. I think a worlds without designers would be horrible. We’re not appreciated enough. Imagine if Joe Bob from next door designed everything in the world! No wonder people need faith in God. Nature is so wonderful humans can’t possibly imitate him? Pfft! The most beautiful things in the world were slowly degraded and turned ugly by nature’s wrath, like medieval cathedrals losing bricks and the streets of Paris needing pressure washing. Nature can be pretty, but it also destroys beauty if you leave it to its course, and produces things more hideous than Lovecraft’s monsters.

To say all this more politely, I love designing because it’s the keystone of human creativity at it’s most useful function. Unlike paintings and books, designers give real world function to objects like architecture, shoes and stuff we physically use in the world everyday.

If you’re a designer then I love you unconditionally because we need more of you.

Much love!

A special gift

Welcome. I got a special gift for you. Can you guess what it is. I bet you can’t! I’ll give you a few more seconds to guess. 1, 2, 3… time’s up! Did you guess it?

Ah, too bad. I was only going to give it to you if you could guess what it was. Just joking.

My gift for you is a secret about the designer world that many aspiring designers don’t know about. All you got to do to learn it is navigate to My Style page.

I hope the gift serves you well.