With my knowledge of PC's combined with a background in design, I really appreciate builds that are clean, cohesive, and purposeful. It was during my undergraduate studies that I built a computer for the first time. Since then I learned a lot more and found it to be an asset to understand how the machines we sit in front of for hours a day work; especially in a field where the software we use in design is becoming increasingly powerful and complex.
As my interest in computers has grown, so has my appreciation for how things were done before them. I find hand drawn construction documents to be really interesting, and a beautifully simple communication tool. I've also found that the more I understood how drawings were done by hand, I learn more about how to improve documents and content generated digitally and finding ways to use digital media to compliment physical media. Over time I've realized that knowing how to run a piece of software, doesn't make someone a good designer but, it can be an effective tool to know on the journey to become one.