Jessica Svendsen, ex Pentagram, Apple and now designer for The New York Times, gave an insightful talk at the AIGA Portfolio Day 2016. She's a fan of analogue design methods that can create unpredictable results and allow a design to develop in unexpected ways. She also had pointers for new designers (see images below), some of which are directly applicable to me personally, and were therefore pretty interesting.
As ever, there was a great turn-out at the day and I had several good portfolio reviews. I even got to meet one or two design icons :)