Designer Anita Dawson of the Dawson Design Group is here to tell you that making mistakes is totally fine. We recently connected with the California-based designer to discuss her must-have tool of the moment. She gave us her little secret for turning a ‘total mess’ into something organized... at least on paper.
What item made your work life easier this week/month/lately?
Anita Dawson: My trusted pack of erasable pens.
Pilot Frixion Fineliner Erasable Marker Pens
AD: I have the worst handwriting. When I’m making notes for other team members on plans—and my handwriting has gotten to a point where I cannot even read it—having an erasable pen makes what could be a total mess look somewhat organized.
Where/how do you use this item most?
AD: I use them for redlining plans and making changes along the way on details and such as I work through a set. Having something that I can erase makes for a much cleaner and easier-to-communicate set of corrections.
How did you discover this item?
AD: We discovered these pens quite a while ago, and they are something I have come to rely upon every day.
Will you use this item in the future?
AD: Most definitely!
How has this item made your job easier?
AD: We pride ourselves in providing accurate and detailed Interior Design Construction sets, and anything that helps us get to that final product is a big plus.
How might someone not in your line of work benefit from this item?
AD: These pens are helpful for drafting plans of any sort, and taking notes during any situation.
What, if anything, would you change about this item?
Are there any care/use tips someone considering this item should know about?
AD: They come in a lot of hues, so you can delineate comments for several topics—electrical, wall finishes, cabinetry—in different colors.