TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Serviette Name Priyanka Rao
Name Priyanka RaoJob Furniture designerWhere Evolvex.com.auWhy is it important?I'm often out in meetings, and many of them are in cafes or bars. I have my iPad and iPhone, but when it comes to something creative I find it easier to write it down on paper. If I'm in a cafe, serviettes are always around. Before meetings I'll write my dot points on one, or doodle on one. Of course, I will then take my serviette drawing and turn it into something more professional. I'd never present it to a client.What do your colleagues think?People probably find it a bit funny, but among designers it's quite common. There's also something nice about drawing in a casual way; there's a feeling of throwing away judgment. You're not committing to anything. Often, you find you can progress a lot of ideas in that state, because you're so open.Unusual moment?Around the time I was doing the first designs for Evolvex, I was out with friends at a cafe and started drawing ideas and diagrams on a serviette. I still have that serviette. We recently filed a patent, and some of the drawings for that patent originally came from that serviette.How much does it cost?Free. You can always ask for more and they are easily stowed in a handbag. I highly recommend them as thinking tools. It's not like drawing on a white piece of paper; it's so easy to think creatively on something like a serviette.