Drawing on a coffee cup / TIP 256

This morning, I went to the World Coffee Museum at Buon Ma Thuot, the capital of Da Lak (Vietnam). It has a small-town feel and I liked it so much! The architecture design of the museum is sensual with its curvy shape. Isn’t it? You can see on the picture below the small model size…

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Sketch at night to find inspiration / TIP 253 (Concepts app on iPAD Pro)

Last night, I was sketching a bit of concept arts at midnight (See sketch below). I am new at the app CONCEPTS. It can be a bit frustrating to learn the new functions and trying to adapt or change our sketching habits. But sketching at night makes that moment peaceful. It reminded me my design…

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Participate to #Productober (Inktober for Industrial Designers)!

 Do you know Inktober? What is #inktober It is a 31 days drawing challenge created by Jake Parker in 2009, a comic artist. He wanted to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.  Since his challenge has been deployed worldwide! Every October of the year, Jake Parker publish an official list of drawing…

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How to make “Luck a skill” and get amazing Design opportunities / TIP250

  At my first year of design school,  I remember my classmates and I said “Oh they are so lucky!” about great students going to the best design companies for internship or job. They went to Nike in Portland, Louis Vuitton in Paris, Toyota in Tokyo, Adidas in Germany… Students who started like us traveled…

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Hang out with better student designer than you! / TIP 249

You are a beginner? You feel lonely and you can’t progress? That’s normal. Most beginners feel shy when they start. If you are in this case, Do you hide your design drawings and creation? So no one can see your things? Hiding is the best way to protect ourselves from critics. As you can’t possibly fail if nobody sees…

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NOISLI: The app to boost your productivity with zen using the sound of nature and coffee shop! / TIP 248

When you are a design student or a freelance, you need self-discipline to get things done. You have no boss to “scold you” 😛 You have no one to make sure you’ll respect the deadline. You finish your task last minute with intense stress as you may: Not deliver on time to your client Propose a superficial work…

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What music to draw for hours with concentration? / TIP 247

Today, I wanna share with you a simple TIP, yet essential for your drawing routine as a designer. Do you listen to music when you draw? If yes, what’s your favorite selection to find concentration and gain in productivity? Tell us in the comments! Because music can also be distracting.  I realize others help me…

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Is it hard to create for a designer? / TIP 245

Yesterday 12.00pm, I went at the French restaurant L’Usine. It was my second meeting with my “Tinder date” Ngoc. *Pronounced “Gnop” in Vietnamese with a bit inflated cheeks like a pouting baby. I was very excited to meet her again because we are very different​, but have essential things in common. I felt I could…

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6 reasons why sketching beats 3D software at creativity/ TIP 244

Hello ! Today let’s BOOST your motivation to create and enjoy the 6 benefits of learning sketching on paper! Why? Because there is no better sensation than to create with the traditional way! We saw in the previous TIP 243 that too many design students hide their sketching weakness by relying on 3D software. However, don’t get me wrong.…

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Do not rely on software. Sketch! (my 1st design internship) / TIP 243

Too many students “hide” their poor sketching skills behind learning 3d software. They want to impress with a portfolio full of quality pictures. Some will suceed. But too often the porfolio ends poor in ideas…   Today, let me show you why as an aspiring Product designer, you should NOT rely 100% on computer if you…

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“How many hours to practice sketching per week to become a Designer?” / TIP 241

“How many hours to practice sketching per week to become a Designer?” Our logic brain crave to ask that question. And that is normal. However, to succeed in sketching and become a Designer. You shouldn’t think by hours… Why? Because that doesn’t put you in the right mindset for fast progress. To practice sketching, you have…

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How to attract success for your designer career / TIP 240

I love receiving your messages. You share with me your happy and tough moments too. Your stories on your design journey are truly inspiring. Thank you! Some says: “I am exciting to join a design school next September!”, “I have just been hired by a design company!” … While others say:  “I am an engineer,…

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Are you ready for the “90 DESIGN TIP-A-DAY Challenge”?

Hello! How are you today?On my side, I feel pumped by a new project I prepare for you at the Design Sketchbook blog!It is called the “90 DESIGN TIP-A-DAY Challenge!”To learn how to sketch, the secret is not only about techniques. But also about daily Motivation, Inspiration and Dedication.All together will build your great skills and boost you to sketch every day!Why? Because Regularity matter. I remember when I started, I felt pretty lonely.I…

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Are you making these excuses to procrastinate at drawing? (Part 2)

Hello ! How are you doing today? Today is the 2nd part of: “Are you making these excuses to procrastinate at drawing?” (You can find the PART 1 here.) As an inspiring designer, you dream is to create a better life for people. You want to draw your own ideas and show them to the world ! You…

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Are you making these excuses to procrastinate? (Part 1)

Hello ! It’s Chou-Tac, It’s 5pm. I am writing to you from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I landed in the country 7 days ago. We have just found a cosy place to stay ! We started to moved in already. Many things are still missing. But I feel excited! It is a new…

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