Bob Wertz writes about design, technology and pop culture at Sketchbook B. Bob is a Columbia, South Carolina-based designer, creative director, college instructor, husband and dad. He’s particularly obsessed with typography, the creative process and the tools we use to create.
Most 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.
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.