# Design + Math

/Designers don’t want to admit it, but math is important to the profession.

Read MoreDesigners don’t want to admit it, but math is important to the profession.

Read MoreMost people are surprised that I actually like math. I didn't necessarily enjoy it in high school, but I'm completely fascinated by it now. And I really wish I paid more attention. People assume that as a designer, I don't need to do math. But that's not true at all. I use geometry and algebra all the time. I occasionally even need to break out a spreadsheet that – gasp – has some formulas.

One of my favorite blogs is Math with Bad Drawings. I love how Ben simplifies *really* complex concepts into simple drawings. Today's post – Simplify! – is wonderful. And if you like math, you should check it out.

Seth Godin has a great post on being "good at math." I'm a designer that doesn't mind doing math. But when I was younger, I was convinced that I wasn't good at math and avoided it. It took a really great 12th grade calculus teacher to convince me that I could succeed at math.

Now I have a daughter that is convinced she isn't "good at math." My goal is to build her confidence in math *before* she gets to 12th grade.

Sketchbook B: Thoughts on design and creativity, type design and randomness.