I’ll be honest I’ve never considered myself a tool person obsessed with any new program/app(Sketch, Figma, Abstract, Principle, Framer, Procreate, Illustrator, Invision Studio, you name it) coming up in the industry. All these battles between old and new make me tired. I guess lots of folks seek for the novelty to have their dopamine level going up caused by a bare thought of something ground-breaking, industry-breaking or anything-else-breaking. These thoughts create an illusion of possibilities and splendid future when reality may be still average with daily tasks and monotonous routine. For some time, I was thinking there was something wrong with me not sharing such tool-oriented values and actually felt myself a faux-designer because I don’t care about things others are so obsessed 🤯
The thing that saved me from going crazy was accepting a thought that the best tool any designer has is her BRAIN 🤓
This affirmation works for any professional not only designer. It’s true when it comes to developers, managers, entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers, plumbers, gardeners… No tool will save you from a failure if you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve with that tool. I really think that the best helper for our brain is developing healthy habits to keep it undamaged and safe from harmful substances. It’s really not that easy in comparison to installing a new app but still achievable. Believe me 💪
The only toolkit that still works and doesn’t make me panic because of the hype it causes — 📝paper and a pencil. Perfect companions for your thoughts and ideas to pass through the border between an abstract realm and a real world 🙌
These two things are here with any designer along the vast variety of other digital stuff we use to design. We may even say that 2P (paper&pencil 😉) is a gem that units us all in the industry even if our specialization is different. This is something you won’t find in the middle of a battle to use or not to use, cool or not too cool, revolutionary or not revolutionary enough. 2P is essential!