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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Grow your Designer brain like a muscle / TIP242

Yesterday TIP 241, we saw that if you struggle at finding time to practice sketching, it is not because of a shortage of time, but because of how you may spend “wrongly” your time. Most people don’t realise how they could spend it in non important activities (such as watching 6 hours of television per…

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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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My 1st sketch on the app for Product designers: SKETCHA on iPad Pro

Hello ! My friend and student Oliver Esther recommended me a new sketching software called:  SKETCHA. I couldn’t wait  to make a try and show it to you! Hehe. The software is minimalist. And it helps you draw with dynamic lines! I am glad to discover that it has been created by designer for designers!…

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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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How to draw from imagination (with Basic perspective)

HOW TO DRAW FROM IMAGINATION Hello ! It’s Chou-Tac, My neighbor came home to say hello. She’s a creative person and loves DIY for home decoration. However, imagination drawing seams impossible for her. She thought that Drawing is a talent that: “We born with it” or “We do NOT born with it”. The innate talent…

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How to draw hatching and rise your Speed of sketching / TIP 235

Hello ! I hope you are having a great week-end ! : ) In product design sketching there is something essential you need to have: It is your Speed of sketching. That’s what I’m going to help you with today. I do use Hatching in all my sketches : Faster you draw, more ideas you can drop on…

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Let’s sketch Harley Quinn ! (Demo and drawing Tips)

If you follow me for a while,
you know how I invite you to explore diverse sketching style
to build up your own as a Designer.

If like me you like the Marvel and DC, you might like today video :).

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24 Drawing Tips to raise your Product Design skills

Today, I would like to share with you how you can start drawing from a reference picture to create your own product design! I started to search on Google pictures about tools and found out an interesting cordless grinder. I like its mechanical features. I share with you a series of 24 sketching tips to…

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12 Tips to succeed in your design presentation | For introvert

I used to be crazy afraid to talk in public. While it is so essential for a designer to communicate verbally to defend and promote our own projects. I remember at my design school. When I had to talk in front of my classmates, it was so intimidating. I knew it was a training to get…

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