I always try to inspire from talented and interesting designers. You can learn from them how to understand users, how to do brainstorming, where do they find inspiration from.
Today I got inspired by a founder of fuseproject and industrial designer Yves Béhar. His products are sophisticated and thoughtful, but what inspired me the most was his sketches that I saw and this is why the following article was created.
What I wanted to write about in this particular article is about sketch quality and why it is okay if your sketch is not perfect. Design students know that it does not matter how good you imagine a product in your head if you are not able to portray it on a piece of paper. Others can’t read your mind and if you will try to describe them your idea, a product they imagine will look different that you have visualized. That’s why a pencil and a piece of paper is here to help us and clear everything out. But what to do if your drawing skills are not that brilliant? Here I want you to show a sketch made by Yves Béhar of a project Talamanca Cocoa.
We are not creating a piece of art. Sketches have to be created fast and understandable.This is what many young designers forget – they are so occupied by the way a sketch looks that they often forget about the main function of a sketch and it is communication between a designer and another person. You are selling your idea not sketching skills (some may pay you more if you can create an amazing sketch). Of course great sketching skills will help you to draw your ideas in a best possible way and this way it will be better for a client to understand your ideas. But it is not always about the sketch – it is also important how you add description or present it to a client.
The final product. Find out more about this project here.
Your sketch is good enough if others can understand your idea.And don’t forget to practice presenting your ideas – it doesn’t matter how good your product sketch looks like on a paper if you are not be able to present it and describe with words.