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A tree — representing what you’re trying to fix, and its roots representing the real problem.
A tree — representing what you’re trying to fix, and its roots representing the real problem.

A step towards the solution isn’t always a step forwards.

In this article, you’ll learn (or remember) what is the one thing you need to start solving any problem. I wrote this originally for a talk I gave a while ago, and I also posted a video on my youtube channel, but I adapted it so you can read it on your favourite medium. (see what I did there?)

Ok… let’s start with a story…

The drill saga

Me, holding a shiny new building on my hand, with sparkles on my eyes.
Me, holding a shiny new building on my hand, with sparkles on my eyes.
The best apartment!

I lived in Amsterdam for 3 years. When I moved there I was very lucky to find an apartment in a building that was recently finished, my wife and I were the first people to ever live in our apartment, and the building even had a lift — you might not realize, but that in Amsterdam is kind of a big deal. …


7 tips to own your time

Me, being squashed by a calendar full of meetings
Me, being squashed by a calendar full of meetings

For the past few months, I’ve noticed an increasing number of designers online complaining about their lack of time to design.

They have a packed agenda full of meetings and, if they’re lucky, they have little blocks of an hour of less to design.

This is nothing new, I’ve been there. I’ve seen designers complain about this throughout my entire career. I’ve done it too.

I’ve also seen managers trying to address the problem. …


Not just why, but also when, what, and how.

An illustration of me, contemplating how much drawing can give you.
An illustration of me, contemplating how much drawing can give you.
All the illustrations in this article (and more) can be found on my instagram @halfool_draws

November 2019… some decided to start rocking a moustache, others were obsessed with baby Yoda. I decided to commit to drawing something every single day. As a way to keep myself accountable I started posting daily on instagram.

Hold your keyboards. I realize this isn’t particularly original. Tons of artists have done it, and that’s what inspired me. So much that back in 2011 I took a similar challenge for over a year on tumblr, and that helped me a lot in developing my drawing skills.

One last thing before getting started, I should warn you that I’m not a professional illustrator, I’m a just a designer who loves drawing. That’s exactly why I wanted to write about this, specially because I think you (yes, YOU reading this!) should also start drawing today. In this article (and these videos) I’ll tell you not just why, but also how you can get started finding ideas, energy and time.

About

José Torre

Just a designer working as Staff Product Designer at Shopify by day. Halfool on Youtube & Instagram by night.

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