Often the best way to find out what I think about something is to write about it. There’s this assumption that you must know about something to write about it, but often the process of writing about something mirrors the process of learning about it. Certain pieces I write I know will be key pieces, but other shorter writing is almost like a gym workout — it keeps my mind sharp and my eyes open.
After completing a piece of writing, I change the font, column measure, and point size, and then re-read everything. This simple procedure breaks down reading patterns and throws up oddities that were previously invisible or glided over. Like pinning visual material up on the wall, it gives us distance and a fresh perspective, and never fails to show up problems and deficiencies.
—Adrian Shaughnessy, Professional Skills from How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul (New Expanded Edition)