Don’t Think

Posted on April 7, 2009

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overthinking

The Architect’s Newspaper published a piece by Michael McDonough, the accomplished New York-based architect, writer and teacher, called “The Top 10 Things They Never Taught Me in Design School.” Everyone reads lots of similar things. McDonough’s is different, not just entertaining but quite useful, and valid for any kind of leadership or design discipline.

Don’t over-think a problem.
One time when I was in graduate school, the late, great Steven Izenour said to me, after only a week or so into a ten-week problem, “OK, you solved it. Now draw it up.” Every other critic I ever had always tried to complicate and prolong a problem when, in fact, it had already been solved. Designers are obsessive by nature. This was a revelation. Sometimes you just hit it. The thing is done. Move on.

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