This book argues for the importance of sketching as a mode of thinking, and the relevance of sketching in the design process, design education, and design practice.
Through a wide range of analysis and discussion, the book looks at the history of sketching as a resource throughout the design process and asks questions such as: where does sketching come from? When did sketching become something different to drawing and how did that happen? What does sketching look like in the present day? Alongside an in-depth case study of students, teachers, and practitioners, this book includes a fascinating range of interviews with designers from a wide variety of backgrounds, including fashion, user experience, and architecture.
Sketching as Design Thinking explains how drawing and sketching remain a prominent aspect in our learning and creative process, and provides a rich resource for students of visual art and design.
Alma R. Hoffmann teaches graphic design at the University of South Alabama. She is also a contributing editor at Smashing Magazine. She freelances and practices lettering and calligraphy. She has received several awards for her work, has written several articles, and presents her research on creativity and sketching at international and national conferences.
Chapter 1: Sketching: A short history
Chapter 2: Sketching: Visual information processing
Chapter 3: Interviews: What sketching means and looks like for other designers
Chapter 4: Sketching: Purpose, attributes, and types of sketches
Chapter 5: Sketching: Exercises and tools
Chapter 6: Exploring beliefs and practices about sketching in higher education and in the design profession
Appendix: Survey questions
"Sketching as Design Thinking provides a brilliant overview of sketching and how designers use it to communicate and demonstrate their ideas. The interviews are a great highlight of the book, and offer such insightful takeaways and a better understanding of how sketching looks like in other disciplines of design."
Iris Ljesnjanin, Senior Editor, Smashing Media