The tool I use to "create everyday" as I mentioned in an earlier article is, a simple fifty cent composition notebook. It is something I can carry with me at all times, so when I am hit with an idea or see something I want to remember, I have something in which to store my thoughts.
My notebook has been with me on most of my meet and greets. It is full of my questions and notes from professionals as well as sketches and doodles. Since I carry my notebook with me at all times I make sure it is a classy black covered book.
It may seem more appropriate to carry around a sketchbook as a costumer, but I am a cashless student and can afford the composition book. I am also a big list maker and many of my sketches in the book are never going to go in my portfolio or be seen by interviewers. This notebook is just for my reference while creating.
A notebook is also an equal opportunity tool. A designer just starting out and the seasoned veteran get the same use out of its pages. Its simplicity is ideal for all on the spectrum of design. What I have found as I speak with professionals both rising and established, is that remembering the simple things in design work wonders. Many people get carried away with the new fad or technology for design and forget about the basics they learned.
A notebook allows the designer to go back to the basics. There is no fancy app or new fangled artist pen to hid behind. A simple piece of paper would work for this as well, but as I said earlier having everything sleekly bound for interviews is helpful. It also helps those of us who tend to misplace small scraps of paper to hold onto our thoughts and doodles longer.
An unassuming composition or spiral notebook is affordable at all stages of the profession, easily transportable, and versatile. It may not be the best tool for a specific costuming project, but it will be the tool you reach for daily to store those little creative moments that flash through your brain. This is why a notebook is my #1 everyday costumer tool.