Start drawing. At every opportunity. Create sketches, perspectives, or doodles on napkins, backs of envelopes, scraps of paper, vellum, mylar, or in a notebook. Use pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, or markers. Try to capture shade, shadow, light, dark, texture, and depth. Details, details, and more details. Study form, shape, space, and the organization of parts, pieces, or of … Read More
Sifting through various media and by maintaining awareness of one’s surroundings, one can see patterns and trends emerging in various areas such as brands, aesthetics, words, graphics, architecture, politics, speech habits, and fashion. Working in the space between patterns is where one can discover the links between disparate elements and it’s where opportunities exist to create something new. There is enormous … Read More
I was first exposed to the term coolhunting in William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition. “What I do is pattern recognition. I try to recognize a pattern before anyone else does.” — Cayce Pollard, in Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. Here’s a great article on why humans, for now, are the world’s best pattern recognition machines.