Hand-drawn design sketches are becoming more rare in this business. As people become more comfortable using advanced computer software to design, I began to wonder if the specialized skill of drawing by hand is becoming a lost art.
Personally, I use it in my work every day. Drawing by hand is sort of like an extension of my brain. I just can't seem to design anything without going through the motion of drawing it out - for me, it's the same as talking through a problem out loud.
And my clients seem to appreciate it too. They like their sketches and always want to keep them. I have a wall of them in my studio and people always stop to look.
Am I the only designer feeling protective of the art of putting pencil to paper?
What are other designers doing? Are they designing by hand or through technology?
Is hand drawing even still necessary? Will young, up-and-coming designers carry the practice into the future?
Have hand-drawn design sketches become a lost art?
Because I have been unsure as to what to think about all this, I decided I’d pose the same question to an audience of designers on LinkedIn.
Soon after clicking the Submit button, I began receiving passionate responses . . . for over a month. A competition of sorts was even suggested.
What conclusion did we all come to? Well...
Drawing by hand is NOT a lost art. In fact, just about everyone (at least those who participated in the discussion), young and old alike, feel the process to be absolutely necessary to the process of developing a design. And I'd like to share some of the responses I received...
They're all beautifully written, some even poetic, just as you'd expect the artists of the design field to sound. And I thank all of them for chiming in ;-)
Shouldn’t all design spring from the passion these people have expressed?
I think so ;-)
And my favorite...
Despite their overwhelming support for hand-drawing, the professionals who've weighed-in here all still bow to computer software for precision and documentation of design, most especially revisions....
....because, this day and age, technology's accuracy and dependability just can't be beat.
However, when it comes to design, to the birth of the concept, almost everyone felt it began, and will always begin, with a humble pencil and piece of paper.