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Is Drawing Skill The Most Important Factor In The Design Process?

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Ideas are you most valued asset - If you cannot think critically to solve problems then yep you will sure need those drawing skills when all you a doing is sketching other peoples ideas.

 

Remember Ideas make $ pretty pictures dont.

 

unless your picasso

 

Its always your idea, even if you sketched someone else's idea, it's always your idea...unless it's not...the rational being...you sketched your idea of someone else's words...they used words to form a picture...

 

I once told a kid in my class...

I said this to him during his presentation of a class design project...commenting on his lack of drawings...

 

I said,

'you know I can make out what you're saying, or what you're saying is giving me a good image in my mind about what your "project" wants to look like...

 

I notice you have Really good drawing skills, why don't you draw more...

 

I couldn't see what he was talking about, but I could, and I would have gotten all his words if HE had drawn something to go with his words.

 

TO CLARIFY THE WORDS....what I'm trying to say is this...

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There area three areas here, that are all different and yet very similar. Yet each has it's purpose, disadvantage and advantages. These are design skills, sketching skills, styling skills.

 

They are pretty self explanatory, I won't explain each one out. But the difference between styling and design is that design is more about problem solving, whereas styling is about aesthetic/visual-representation. And sketching is just about communication/persuasion.

 

To me a designer needs to have good sketching skill because it just show that you are experienced. Sketching is what separates you as a designer from say a market person who can give input on what features a product should have. It differentiates you from all other people in the company, its your strength.

 

Also the other two areas are important as well. it will be good if you specialize in one more. Specialist just output a higher level in their work.

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Guest D.E.signBEST
There area three areas here, that are all different and yet very similar. Yet each has it's purpose, disadvantage and advantages. These are design skills, sketching skills, styling skills.

 

They are pretty self explanatory, I won't explain each one out. But the difference between styling and design is that design is more about problem solving, whereas styling is about aesthetic/visual-representation. And sketching is just about communication/persuasion.

 

To me a designer needs to have good sketching skill because it just show that you are experienced. Sketching is what separates you as a designer from say a market person who can give input on what features a product should have. It differentiates you from all other people in the company, its your strength.

 

Also the other two areas are important as well. it will be good if you specialize in one more. Specialist just output a higher level in their work.

 

 

 

So let us all specialize in CHANGE. Because a swimmer specializes in swimming he should also run .

Designers....must know EVERYTHING! So start now learning EVERYTHING ...open the flood gates to the portal. Swelling swimming brains. I want to tackle it all....or at least begin to understand how to tackle it all.

The internet is amazing, books feel better, conversation in real time with humans- invaluable.

A designer is a marketing person. He or she better be, no? my ideas are my money....whats your money got to do with love. Money is your ticket to ride, make money not war.

War is fighting for microchips.

Design is the idea that said we needed a microchip to fire our missles.

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Drawing is just a language but the most powerful and traditional . even the sculptors are drawing. The engineers draw technical drawing. if you don't know english you can't communicate in this forum. yes, marc newson is a good designer and his designs are also good enough but you can see after the design finishes.he fill the gaps of his design with his imagination. However, you can fill also gaps of design while looking at these Marc Newson sketches. The main point is the lack of COMMUNICATION..Sometimes you can't describe what you are thinking with words.

Secondly, The usage of computer in design is also shortening the design process as drawing . With an idea of drawing is not important, you find yourself in a dilemma of the way which you are using.

To sum up, drawing is more important than design because it is universal language. If you can not tell what you are doing,what you are designing...The design which you have done, is not a thing until it is a being.

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Guest Kiwi_Roly

As Industrial Designers we have a range of skills with which to communicate our ideas, I'd argue that sketching is our most powerful. My boss used to do all his work on a drawing board whereas I use a tablet and sketchbookpro. I still have a bankpad and sketch books that go with me everywhere. Whatever the medium and whatever your natural skill level I think its a discipline that each designer should work at mastering.

 

Check out the "Drawing is Easy if You Don't Know How" by Robert Barrett

http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_...earchterm=00140

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Guest cholden

Just probably saying the same as a few others here but just want to have my 15seconds of fame.

 

Drawing Skill is important but there is a difference between drawing skill and being able to create super realistic sketchs. As a designer being able to create fast and clear sketchs is the far more important than being able to do a render on a piece of 3D software. The sketch is a realiseation of your idea, it doesn't need bight marker skills, amazing cross hatching just simple clear unmessy lines that show the form. Being able to sketch hands and a bit of detail is another pluss as that helps to show off the scale of the object. From what I have been taught is that the less wooly lines he better.lol. The more you sketch the better you become but its when you stop it's the problem as its a skill that can quite easily be lost. I broke my wrist and found out.

 

Sketching is the most basic of skills and is asked by nearly every design job as must as in meeting etc within the business you need to beable to come up with and show your ideas fast and effectivly. The better you get the less talking is needed to be done to explain it. So my view is the most important aspect of design after the creativity ideas is sketching that idea. as you cna always pay someone to render it but people cannot read your thoughts.

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Guest Arre

3 second fame! :]

 

I think!

Sketching is a language, and as in the most languages it is meant for communicating! It don't have to look good... The only thing that matters is that people understand your design or the thing you want to tell them ;)

 

Cheers

Arre

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Hi all. I am a Product and Industrial Design student. My school has already taught us the basic perspective and freehand drawing at our first year. However, I am still unable to draw nice perspective drawings. So can I know is drawing skill the most important factor in the design process? And is it necessary for the drawing to be in perspective? Why can’t it be isometric?

 

No definately not.

It is not the most important factor.

 

Its more of a plus.

The better you are at sketching, the easier it is for YOU to communicate your ideas to the VIEWER.

Without having to talk about every single idea you have.

A better sketch, is easier to understand.

 

Perspective is pretty important.

The reason is this.

If your perspective is wrong.

The way person A translates your drawing as opposed to person B can be pretty different.

For example lets say you drew a cube out of perspective.

Person A might look at that and say 'he meant to draw a cube, im sure all the sides are equal lengths..."

While Person B might look at that and say 'no, i think he meant to do that, i think this side slightly goes up, to be more of a wedge shape."

 

See how two ppl can translate a simple out of perspective cube?

 

You dont want that.

 

Thats why a certain level of drawing skill is required.

Its only a positive.

You should be able to at least know how light and shadows work and how perspective works.

And be able to apply it correctly.

 

Things like lineweight and cleanliness are just extras.

But recommended extras.

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Guest Rewire

Drawing is a important communication process and it saves time when generating ideas with your client. Maybe if you can talk very well, it would help you in communiucating your ideas also. Just my humble opinion. BTW I am a mechanical designer not a industrial designer. I may not be totally right.

 

But sketching is fun, keep on practising, you would definitely improve with time.

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Guest MikeWied

Ah ha... I knew someone asked this question. As I'm sitting here working on something, I just felt like I should just say to everyone that reads this that IMO, I think sketching is a big thing, along with knowing some 3d software, and some basic sculpting techniques. Just because people understand things in different ways. For example, before I built an add-on deck to my mother's existing one, she could not understand the 2d plans I had laid out. But because of cost, I couldn't really build a scale model of the deck for her to see (yea I know I could have made a quicky out of some card board.), so I made 3d computer generated model of it, along with how it would look attached to the other deck, and she loved it, and it's now built.

 

So to answer your question, I think a range of skills are important depending on your clientel, sketching is just the start of it. And with perspective drawing, like any kind of drawing, it takes time and PRACTICE, practice practice practice. You'll get good at it trust me, just don't keep on throwing away sketches because of one line. Learn from it.

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Guest dobermann
Hi all. I am a Product and Industrial Design student. My school has already taught us the basic perspective and freehand drawing at our first year. However, I am still unable to draw nice perspective drawings. So can I know is drawing skill the most important factor in the design process? And is it necessary for the drawing to be in perspective? Why can’t it be isometric?

 

As someone already said, isometric isn't for everyone, some people has right skill to imagine perspective from isometric, some doesn't have it and i think it is impossible to learn. I am not designer, but i think, that most important thing in this process is idea. Drawing is a tool to show people how it will look in real world. I saw book about some of the most infamous designer's sketches. I couldn't beleave, that a lot of them was so simple,''non professional'',dirty and etc. but the end product was really great. So i think it is possible to be ID designer without great drawing skills, but then you need to find some way to show people about your ideas. You can do it with computer, paper or other material modelling, or try to find some guy with great drawing skills and capable to read your minds:)) Personally i have started to improve my drawing skills, because i think it is easest and fastest way to show your idea. It is really difficult , when every second i see stuff around me and trying to imagine better version of it. So I started to transfer to paper and digital.

 

Look this video, i think it is 100% true

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Guest Kaiyuan

In my opinion, sketching isn't that important.

 

The most important in the design process are:

ideas/ideation, creativity, problem-solving, research, and knowledge.

 

You want to design something different, new, and effective? ^Those are what you need.

Sketching is something you can acquire.

 

Design isn't all about the sketching skill/aesthetic of a product/design, it's the thought that goes into it.

 

Someone can draw a killer car, but what does it do? Point A to point B? I'll just get a normal, inexpensive, reliable sedan then.

Your product looks ok, isn't sketched well, but the functions are unique? I'll buy that.

 

Remember, form follows function.

Although, I just thought of something: You should probably learn to communicate through your sketches, which makes sketching more important, and also contradicts what I've just said above, kinda. But I hope you understand O_o

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basically waht kaiyuan was trying to say is.

 

Its not the most important.

You arent a designer based on your sketching skill.

 

But it is a crucial skill to learn to do.

Because no matter how awesome your idea is, if you cant communicate your ideas through your sketches you arent gonna get anywhere.

 

You need to be able to communicate your ideas.

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Guest Buff

I have a friend... really, I do... he's an artist, he gts paid good money to draw well.

 

Me... I'm an industrial desinger, I can't draw for toffee, but I do get paid rather well for solving problems. Problems like

 

The tool costs too much, how can we simplify the product without compromising the quality or performance

The product needs to be waterproof to 50 meters

The product needs to last 45 hours with a 15% duty cycle

I need to make 40,000 units per month so assembly has to be simple

The product will need serviceing throughout its lifecycle and any replacement parts must fit without a hitch

The product needs to appeal to a 18-30 male demographic

The product has to retail at £19.95 with a wholesale margin of 30%mu and Retail of 50%mu

Oh yeah... The product need to look quite nice too

 

If you cant draw it... model it, thats what I do

 

And the benifit is, the data I generate for a concept often gets reused for detail design, saving me time and my client money.

 

I'd say drawing isnt at all important, but if you have or can develop a skill... ANY skill, then you owe it to yourself and your clients to improve

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