The cult of the sketch


Although the blog where this post comes from is for industrial designers, they raise some good points for communication designer. Just what is it that makes the ability to draw SO important in design?

The post says that the concept drawings of some famous designers, such as Marc Newson and the Eames’, are more “cartoons than evocative perspective work”, and goes onto say that perhaps there is a little too much emphasis on the quality of the drawing over the quality of the idea. I’d have to agree in some way.

At Billy Blue there is a lot of emphasis on the development of hand skills, but it’s not at the expense of conceptual skills. Sure, you might be able to do a great rendering, but that will get you nowhere when it comes to the big idea – and that’s why you are doing a communication design course not an art course.

I also am beginning to realise that for people who have been brought up using computers, a pencil may just not be the most intuitive way to get ideas down quickly. Perhaps we need some more Wacom tablets in the classroom…


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