I constantly struggle with saying too much. To be honest? I often lose that struggle.
I lose because I want to explain more. I want to address every question that might come up. I want to make sure there is an understanding.
Paradoxically, though, after a point, more information complicates the topic. It becomes more confusing, not less.
Lately I’ve been deleting whole sentences. It’s OK to leave something open for people to ask about.
I thought of this today because of a recent art exploration, using yarn or string to mask paint, picking up the unmasked paint with paper, then removing the yarn/string and picking up the rest. The idea is to aim for what you want in the 2nd print.
I was underwhelmed with the effect in the video I watched. And then I did it. And I LOVED it. And I realized that with very few lines, a lot can be evoked in a drawing.
With the first set of prints, I added in some texture in the center of the pair. But I realized – I did not need to. It would be every bit a pear, with that detail removed.
So I tried another experiment, and like the pear, I really like how this came out:
A reminder that less can be more. In art, in speaking, and in correspondence.
I will (ironically) add a caveat here, which echoes Teresa Torres – drawings can say so much with just a few lines – more so than just a few words or sentences. I’m glad to have this reinforced even though I have yet to work on my own product management drawing habit.