Sketching is Offically Back, Finally
I have always been saying here on Design Sojourn that sketching is an important design and communication skill to have, I would say even more than any CAD skill of sorts. Importantly, in the last few years, I’ve seen more and more design companies make it a prerequisite in their new hires to have some kind of sketch communication skill.
So it is nice to finally see some coverage both on Adaptive Path, Sketching is the new black : inspirations from the analog world (a great collection of sketching links or analogue visualization methods), and Logic+Emotion: Sketching Is A State of Mind. Somewhere else rather than here!
In our time of huge computing advancement, there is a big temptation to get on the computer (2D/3D) to quickly “visualise” our designs. Often too quickly and before we have really “worked” through our designs.
What struck me on Logic + Emotion, was the following:
Sketching and drawing are not the same thing.
Allow me to elaborate on this personal opinion. For me personally, drawing on paper actually has some downsides. I find that when I draw, I’m tempted to render things. Rendering (making things look nice) gets in the way of my thinking process and as much as I try to ignore how things look, I find that the physical drawing part limits me. Sometimes I actually enjoy the drawing part so much, that my brain slips into “doodle” mode which is very relaxing but a essentially puts me into a semi-trance, as opposed problem solving mode. Again, this is a personal opinion but I have found that the act of “sketching” actually has nothing to do with drawing whether it be paper, or white board.
David pretty much sums up what I keep on saying here, sketching is about communication, not a beauty contest. Check out some of my popular past articles on sketching and do enjoy!
1) Concept Design Equipment
2) Do I have to be able to Draw Well to be a Good Designer?
3) Tips on How to Improve your Drawing Ability
4) Good Books on Design Sketching
5) How to move from Drawing to Designing?
6) Sketch Techniques with Michael DiTullo