As a set design student I was heavily encouraged to keep a daily sketchbook (every now and then it was even part of my grade). I was never very good at drawing every day – I just don’t enjoy drawing that much. I am OK at it, and I recognize that the more I do it the better I get at it. But there is no joy there, my drawings seem labored. The line is far from effortless.
What I do like to doodle (and still do in pretty much every meeting I have to attend), are interconnected geometric shapes.
When I saw these installations by Christopher Bettig I was struck with how much they look like the kind of thing I doodle.
This one is in a J Crew store in New York. He uses lots of scrap wood and bits of molding to create this bit of fabulous.
This one is at Candystore Collective in San Francisco.
I love how they feel very organic and playful, geometric but not rigid.
Bettig is a prolific designer who worked for Urban Outfitters for years and now is a senior designer at Google.
All images from Christopher Bettig’s website