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Design Drawing

drawing without fear

Why draw when we have all these cool devices and apps? Here are some of the advantages of drawings in the ideation process:

– in the moment, no need to boot up, find a plug, export or output

– there is no limit to the number of ideas in the initial exploration

– low risk/low stakes in the ideation process, easy to discard

– focus is on the process and conceptualization

– looseness and incomplete detail invites collaboration and conversation

Schedule a lunch-time, half-day, or full-day Design Drawing Workshop for your team or organization and take your Visual Thinkings skills to the next level.


Using Design Thinking to effectively communicate an idea does not require drawing skills! A visual language of abstract symbols, metaphors and shapes forms the basis of visual thinking in all its varieties.

1. thinking of and through ideas

With the goal of idea generation and exploration, this process includes visualizing and recording ideas to convey the process of thinking. The best approach is to start with deep research and then brainstorming ideas on paper. At this stage, quantity is pursued in order to reach quality with most of the process taking place in a sketchbook.

2. thinking to improve ideas

Once the flow of ideas take form on the page, analysis, comparison, iteration, elaboration, reflection, and development can begin. Sometimes these processes occur simultaneously and sometimes successively, but regardless of how the process takes form, reflection on the drawings reveals relationships, strengths and weaknesses that allow for refinement, reduction, and reiteration. Drawings can create a dialogue between ideas and aid in selection and volume helps this process along!

3. thinking about ideas with others

Used to explain ideas to others and to engage discussion around the project or problem, design drawings are often created for the purpose of collaboration, communication, and conversation. Through ephemeral of nature, design drawings convey ideas that are in process not completion, inviting reflection, responses, criticisms, and alternatives. A collaborative stage, additional drawings often result from the conversations. Depending on the outcome, the designer may return to stage 1 or stage 2 or move forward to the execution of prototypes.