Ideation Process

This studio was all about the ideation process and the practice of sketching. We were tasked with coming up with design ideas under time constraints. We sketched out our ideas in individual sketchbooks, practicing communicating ideas through basic drawing. Initially we were challenged with coming up with ten different design ideas under the theme of Valentine’s Day. It was difficult, and very few classmates were able to come up with ten ideas in the given time. Later on, under the theme of trash and recycling, we picked one of our design ideas and had to produce ten different sketches of that same design idea. A lot of quick brainstorming and sketching took place over the course of the studio. The final assignment for this sprint was to produce 20 sketches pertaining to vacation practices. My final assignment was submitted on UW Canvas.

My table in the process of sketching ideas.

I found it hard to come up with so many ideas in so little time. After a point, I would hit a wall and struggle with coming up with new ideas. One technique that helped me with this was to take my pre-existing ideas and put some twist on them. One other challenge was limiting the detail of my sketches. Under time constraint, there was not enough time to give every sketch a lot of detail. I learned this as we went through the studio and adjusted my sketching accordingly after an hour or two of working.

What did I learn about how I think/sketch?

This sprint taught me about my brainstorming and sketching processes. I learned that I am not a fast brainstormer. I feel that I prefer quality over quantity when it comes to creating new ideas. As I mentioned above, one way for me to cope with this is to take pre-existing ideas and change some part of them to come up with new ideas. My sketching is fairly detailed and slow, which I also touched on above. Under time constraint, I need to consciously make an effort to only draw important details and keep moving from sketch to sketch.

My table showing off our sketches.

Some of the best ideas start with a pen and paper. Being able to communicate an idea you have through drawing is a valuable skill. Especially if words fail to capture your idea, effective drawing can bridge the gap. Applications for effective design sketching are limitless. Anyone with some idea can sketch it out on paper to show to others. This applies for virtually any field out there: medical, architectural, design, engineering, urban planning, and more…

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