Design Drawing: Notation, Reflection, Communication and Presentation

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Abstract

In a time of computer aided design, computer graphics and parametric design tools, the art of design drawing is in a state of neglect. But design and drawing are inseparably linked in ways which often go unnoticed. Essentially, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to conceive of designs without being able to draw. Form-making, in other words, can only happen through drawing and sculpting. Hence, to neglect drawing skills is to neglect the capacity to think about form.

While the current-day argument for the depreciation of drawing skills is that computers can represent graphic ideas both faster and better than most medium-skilled draftsmen, drawing in design is not only about representing final designs. In fact, several steps involving the capacity to draw lie before the representation of a final design. Not only is drawing skills a prerequisite for learning about the nature of existing objects and thus to build a vocabulary of design. It is also a prerequisite for both reflecting and communicating about design ideas.

In this paper, a taxonomy of notation, reflection, communication and presentation drawing is presented, discussed and exemplified. The paper is theoretical in nature, discussing ideas which have sprung from years of teaching in architectural design and design drawing. While it is derived from empirical observations, it corroborates these observations through a literature review. Hence, it attempts to describe and to theorize the process through the different stages of design, from analysis over design development to the presentation of final designs.
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In a time of computer aided design, computer graphics and parametric design tools, the art of design drawing is in a state of neglect. But design and drawing are inseparably linked in ways which often go unnoticed. Essentially, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to conceive of designs without being able to draw. Form-making, in other words, can only happen through drawing and sculpting. Hence, to neglect drawing skills is to neglect the capacity to think about form.

While the current-day argument for the depreciation of drawing skills is that computers can represent graphic ideas both faster and better than most medium-skilled draftsmen, drawing in design is not only about representing final designs. In fact, several steps involving the capacity to draw lie before the representation of a final design. Not only is drawing skills a prerequisite for learning about the nature of existing objects and thus to build a vocabulary of design. It is also a prerequisite for both reflecting and communicating about design ideas.

In this paper, a taxonomy of notation, reflection, communication and presentation drawing is presented, discussed and exemplified. The paper is theoretical in nature, discussing ideas which have sprung from years of teaching in architectural design and design drawing. While it is derived from empirical observations, it corroborates these observations through a literature review. Hence, it attempts to describe and to theorize the process through the different stages of design, from analysis over design development to the presentation of final designs.
OriginalsprogDansk
TitelPPADD 2018 proceedings
Publikationsdatofeb. 2018
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2018
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa
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