Sketching is more than making correct drawings


Waanders, Remko and Eggink, Wouter and Mulder-Nijkamp, Maaike (2011) Sketching is more than making correct drawings. In: A. Kovacevic & W. Ion & C. McMahon & C. Buck & P. Hogarth (Eds.), Design education for creativity and business innovation: 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Design Society, pp. 299-304. ISBN 9781904670339

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Abstract:Sketching in the context of a design process is not a goal in itself, but can be considered as a tool to
make better designs. Sketching as a design tool has several useful effects as: ordering your thoughts,
better understanding of difficult shapes, functioning as a communication tool, and providing an
iterative way of developing shapes. In our bachelor-curriculum Industrial Design Engineering we
developed a series of courses that addresses these effects in particular.
The courses are Sketching and concept drawing (SCT), Product Presentation Drawing (PPT) and
Applied sketching skills (TTV). This line of courses is built on three pillars:
- Learning to sketch; Theory, speed and control of the materials.
- Learning from sketching; Develop a better insight in complex 3D shapes (Figure 1).
- Sketching as a design tool; Communication, ordering your thoughts, iterative working.
As a result we see that students who have finished the courses instinctively start sketching in an
iterative manner, use sketching as a source of inspiration and learn that the whole process of iterative
sketching helps in structuring, developing and communicating the design process. In this way the
students become better sketchers and better designers
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