We like to do a lot of thinking, not a lot of doing.
This tendency goes beyond just architects and designers. A vast majority of society struggles to find a balance between thinking and doing.
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO WHERE I TALK ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO TAKE ACTION IN THE DESIGN PROCESS INSTEAD OF LETTING IDEAS JUST SIT IN YOUR HEAD!!
(Glad you checked this out! I filmed it on King St. in Charleston, SC. I love this location, but I’m sorry the audio picked up the cars and busses driving by. Doh!)
Taking action is key to producing great designs.
- Studying Precedents
…These are all examples of taking action by DOING something.
When you get an idea out of your head and into the world, when you ‘draw’ it, you are actively testing it to see if it makes sense. In your head, you can gloss over things and make them seem like they’ll work even if they won’t. (Ever had a dream where the spatial layout of things was completely impossible, and you didn’t even realize it until you woke up?)
But on some level, in the mind, there is a resistance to actually testing these ideas because the mind doesn’t want to find out it’s wrong…
If I draw this idea, it might not be as awesome as I think it is. And then I’ll have to work to come up with a new one. AND if the idea doesn’t work, then does that mean I’m not a good enough designer?
You have to overcome your EGO.
It’s okay that every idea isn’t awesome. It’s okay that MOST of your ideas are not awesome. Your VALUE as a designer does not rest on the quality of the first idea that pops into your head (or even the second idea, or the third, etc.…). It is actually completely based on your persistence and resilience to develop one of those ideas to a well-worked out final product.
To do that…you need to DIVE IN and LOOK for the flaws, not bury your head in the sand and hope they don’t exist.
Draw, test, and take action.