The Drawing Board

By Ryan Cassidy, Chief Technician TrinkeTron Project at Unicorp Industries

If you want to be taken seriously as an Inventor, Engineer, Artist, Scientist, or anything else in the realm of innovation and ideas, you need to have a good drawing board. Most of the time, when you hear the phrase “Well, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board”, it is in reference to an idea that didn’t work out very well, and they’re speaking metaphorically, wrapping a contrite cliche around a poorly-planned idea as a means of easing the sting of abject failure: “Oops! The laser can’t properly distinguish mosquitos from children and fires indiscriminately! Looks like it’s back to the drawing board!”. Consider for a moment that perhaps lying at the root cause of the failure, like a piece of shoddy furniture abandoned on the curb of innovation, is a piece of shoddy furniture, a poorly-constructed drawing board (or worse, no drawing board at all, just empty space where a good drawing board should be!). Consider how the quality of the drawings produced are impacted directly by the drawing board, and consider how a picture, being worth exactly one thousand words, could obviate the need for such a long-winded, Archimedian introductory paragraph to a progress report about the importance of drawing boards! Consider that this, dear readers, is how bad ideas come to be, and how good ideas fail; badly designed or downright non-existent drawing boards. As I always say, if you have a good drawing board, you’ll have good ideas. Thus, dear readers, I present to you a picture of my ideal drawing board (sparing the additional seven hundred and twenty-five more words that would be used to adequately describe it):

As you can see, the design is a mixture of elegant simplicity and functionality, perfectly suited to the task of drawing diagrams for engenius world-changing inventions. There are little accessible slots to keep organized all the tools of the trade (pens, pencils, erasers, cutters, rulers), a small dish to hold candies or cigarette butts or tears, and the cabinets below the desk contain 12 separate shelves where finished drawings can be shelved. The drawing surface on top can be comfortably angled to 45 degrees or lay flat, slide left to right as needed, or be removed entirely to free up space. This, dear readers, is a drawing board I don’t mind going back to!

People often ask me where I get the ideas for my inventions and I always say “The Drawing Board of course!” and after they chuckle, I then I show them the picture of my drawing board.

Thankfully, nobody has ever asked how I invented such a perfect drawing board without having first invented such a perfect drawing board with which to invent it, but I digress.

“What does all of this have to do with the TrinkeTron Turbo 2000 project?” you may ask. The answer is as follows: Very little, dear reader, for this is mostly about the importance of having a  good drawing board, but since you asked, here are some of the preliminary drawings used in the early stages of the TrinkeTron’s development complete with redundant explanatory captions:

Early Sketches and basic concepts; scaffolding, perfect knobs, & MEE (maxillofacial emotive engine), etc. etc.
To achieve greater portability, a modular, collapsable support structure is needed. Basic design goals are outlined, and the simplified clown-face icon is deemed “better”.
Ruminations about ideal knobs and other design wish-list items.
Using icons instead of obscure words to enhance accessibility and allow for a greater emotional range of user input.
Imagining everything is possible with software. Also noteworthy here is the first mention of “The Shinternet”, the TrinkeTron digital communications interconnected network.
Hexagonal knobs are a hallmark of TrinkeTron user-interface design. I’ve put more goddamn heart & hard work into designing these knobs than anything else on the project, proudly.
The most “Heavy Metal” of TrinkeTron concept sketches, easily. Such bold lines.
The concept for the Turbo 2000’s revolutionary hexagonal knobfeel, “Titanium Soul Vault”, described in diagram form. “Mini-Susan” is patent-pending technology.

Proceed to the next Progress Report “About Face”