When I think of that essential tool, that one thing that I always have and use, even with all the technology that surrounds us, I go back to one of the tools my parents gave me as a child.
A pencil ✏️…
When I need to start a project or when I have a sit down kick off meeting with clients, I quickly pull out my pencil and notepad and start doodling with pictures & notes. Note taking and rough sketch ideas automatically start to build a road map to outlining and creating the project concept.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I use an iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil when the mood strikes me but the convenience of a pencil and paper in hand is much more convenient, lightweight and less baggage than an iPad and all the accessories.
I am able to sketch and get my thoughts across much quicker and if the client needs to give input, taking my pencil is not foreign to them! I can slide my notes over to them and they can make edits or additions just as fast! Collaboration!
What is your go to, must have tool in your back pocket?