In college, I had an internship at a major magazine publication in NYC. While the internship was mostly “gopher” work, in the same room was the Design Director who would always have a sketch pad out, head down, doodling his design compositions. He hardly spoke in the interest to start office-room conversations, but you could tell he was in the room by his chair that constantly squeaked out loud, due to the shifting of his body position to sketch his next design layout. Numerous times, I tried to look over as to what he was sketching but the timid, young person in me, refrained to do so.
So one random day when it was just the two of us in the room, I asked why he drew on the paper pad more than work on the computer? His response was very direct and honest.
“Architects draw buildings before it’s constructed.”
“Fashion designers draw clothing before it’s worn.”
“A lot of things made or done in this world start out with a simple drawing. Even this damn, piece of sh*t chair that I’m sitting on!”
It wasn’t the best or most memorable internship in my creative career, but that response is one I hold true to this day, and think of quite often, while on the drafting table. Also, my chair doesn’t squeak. :o)