Rebellious Engineering

Rebellious might be a bit strong for this post but I was wondering how engineers personalize their projects?

For example, on one river bridge I designed, I put a sea serpent on the cadd plans. I’m not sure it made it to the final letting plans but I tried.

On another plan set I labeled certain steel bars with my initials as the bar designation. Now this may not be rebellious, maybe more in the vein of immature behavior, but hey, I was trying to set my plans apart from other engineers.

My question is, can you personalize your engineering drawings? If I saw your plans compared to another engineer, could I tell the difference? If not, how can we add our style into a plan set?

Should we have a style?

4 thoughts on “Rebellious Engineering

  1. David Brett

    TBG,
    “Vive la revolution”, but make it clandestine. We all need to keep our jobs. In the pre-digital age each person had their own writing & drawing styles & drafting equipment. We did our own drawings at least in the concept stages, so each personality showed automatically, even if standardisation was preferred then as today.
    http://www.daube.ch/docu/glossary/drawingtools.html

    Do any engineers sketch freehand, or draw with a pencil on paper any more, or do we all stare at a rectangular computer screen all day long, clicking on a mouse? Are CADD designs just block-copied from one project to another, with just a change in a few dimensions and the title block? Sometimes. Are computers killing our creativity, originality & personality. I don’t think so myself, but sometimes I do find that too much of my brain is occupied by the manipulation of user-unfriendly software.

    Today we could make our own fonts for the CAD drawing notes, although the boss mightn’t like it.e.g.
    http://www.yourfonts.com/
    Adding a sea serpent, or an optical illusion, is another way to express oneself, to add some humour, AND to see if the checking person is awake or not. I like it – its a kind of a “canary in the coal mine”…
    David

  2. admin Post author

    Thanks David for the links! Seeing how I used to draft brings back a lot of memories. I wasn’t the best at drafting using pencils (I kept smudging everything.) but it was fun using the L-square arms.

    I think a little bit of style in your work is necessary to stay sane. I like the canary in the coal mine analogy!

    s

  3. Eric Thornley

    In model space for autocad I have always been able to hide a block of spider-man but that was more of something which I didn’t want people to know who left it.

    I also use to write my name along the title blocks in very small lettering so it almost looked like a smudge.

    Now I find it more fun to hide things in calculations

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