You may have noticed, that when you are designing in the computer, you sometimes have trouble making decisions. You probably end up rotating your digital model around and around, zooming in and out, clicking between floor plans, and you feel like your hands are tied. And you can’t even identify what it is that you have to do, but you know you have to do something.
I finally had a professor identify the problem for me recently.
Watch this video right now to discover this MAJOR problem with designing in the computer and what to do about it.
(I’m glad you checked that out. I thought seeing boards by zooming in and out would be about as frustrating as trying to see your own project in the computer.)
When working in the computer, what you can see is limited by what can fit on the screen. You either see one small piece or the whole thing at once.
Your brain operates faster than you can drive the computer. Your eyes can dart from one drawing to another and identify problem areas. But when you have to click up to another floor plan, zoom out, and zoom in, it may seem like you move quickly, but it is MUCH MUCH longer than the split second it would take if the drawings were printed out on your desk.
There is a certain intuition that fuels the design process. But intuition runs at fast speeds. And when you slow it down, it’s like you’ve tied your shoes together. You are crippling your focus.
If you look at something up-close, you can see the detail of it, but you can’t see how it relates to its context. When you stand back, you can get a sense of the context and the whole picture, but you can’t see the detail. How you navigate between those two points is a large part of how you think about your design.
Your eyes maneuver their way between things near and far, every day of your life. You are a natural at that. But scrolling in and out with your finger is relatively new, and you’re understandably a bit clumsier at it.
When you look at something physical you allow your mind to wander around it at a speed it’s comfortable with. Everything printed out exists in its entirety, and it holds a physical place. This way, each little thing does not have to be stored in your brain; it is stored physically and spatially on the paper. This frees up your brain to make connections, and identify improvements that need to be made. Being able to adjust your focus with ease helps your mind run on all cylinders.
So when you find yourself struggling to make progress in the computer, print stuff out and redline it. It will become obvious what you need to do next.
Let me know what you think about jumping scales like this! I’m interested to hear your thoughts!