Why don’t design students make rough sketches or thumbnails anymore? The demise of the rough sketch has been ascribed to the easy availability of cheap online resources, client expectation and reduced deadlines and budgets. What else is going on?
My thesis will explore the value of a rough sketch or ‘process drawing’, in the initial ideation stage of the design process of Visual Communication Design students at the University of Western Sydney (UWS).
Through the use of ‘improvisational’ drawing techniques such as doodling and squiggling my research aims to develop strategies to demonstrate the value of drawing to think and encourage drawing participation.
This research may add to the critical discourse in drawing research, which argues that process drawing should continue to be clarified, demonstrated and encouraged in design schools.
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