My desk is usually what I’ve kindly dubbed a “stress mess” of post-its, scribbled lists of requirements, wireframes on printer paper and torn out pages of wire notebooks.
The beginning of any design phase will always result in lots of these, where each new sketch ads to the burial of the older sketches. Presenting these to stakeholders can be embarrassing…
Then will come the dreaded question “Can you show me that other one you did?”
‘Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain’ while I scramble to maintain a level of professionalism and search through a stack of iterations.
Being organised is one of the keys to productivity.
Remember that neatness is a key habit for personal productivity. You can dramatically increase your productivity and output simply by cleaning up and organizing your workspace.
– Brian Tracy
Enough was enough, and after lusting after the Dot Grid Notebook for a few weeks, I bit the bullet and finally bought the Dot Grid Designer Pack.
Initially I thought shipping was expensive, but speaking as someone who has had ‘Sheldon Cooper moments’ after limited edition graphic novels were folded in order to have them fit through my letterbox, I realised why it was important for the packaging to be perfect. They arrived in absolutely perfect condition.
They act as a mini-portfolio, casual enough to jot down experimental approaches but beautiful enough to take to meetings and present ideas.
I recommend them to any designer who has a difficult time keeping their growing stack of iterations organised.