The Sketchbook

Your Sketchbook is a critical part of this course. It is where you get to think on paper before committing to a final draft for your Blog post. Every sketchbook assignment requires iterative design with at least one first draft and one final draft. In most (but not all) of the assignments, I expect to see an image of your first draft as well as the finished one. 

No successful designer, writer, engineer, inventor, artist, or creator gets it right the first time! The sketchbook is graded Pass/Fail at the end of the semester.  Do not tear out or crumple up your first attempts at anything in your sketchbook!! Just turn the page and start again. The Sketchbook is a way for me to see how you went about solving the problem.  I need to see your “iterations.” The iterative process of first, second and even third drafts in a sketchbook is essential to your understanding and internalizing what you are learning. 

Please acquire a wirebound design sketchbook larger than 11″x17″  with at least 50 pages for your work. Smaller sized pages, missing pages, and missing sketcheswill result in failing grade for the sketchbook turn-in assignment. Wirebound books will lay flat and are more ergonomic. You can use both sides and also tape things into your sketchbook to augment your design.

Here is video showing how an architect uses the sketchbook (ignore the Muji fawning). The sketchbook is used as a tool to show off your thinking and ideas. Also check out this video on drawing tips  and reflections on drawing.

Here’s a page from Escher’s sketchbook: