Sketching Helps Ideas Bloom

While reading the post, titled “LESSONS LEARNED-CLASS OF 2013”, one of the most prominent ideas that spoke to me was the importance of sketching prior to initiating designs in InDesign, Photoshop or Illustrator. I think the reason this idea was so prevailing in the students’ admonitions is because sketching provides just that: an idea. It almost seems as though a tangible, hand-drawn and  more easily reversible sketch on a blank piece of paper can maximize the preparedness and inspiration possessed by a designer. I realized that ideas are the foundation for any concrete design, and sketches are where they stem from.

I was attracted to the idea that sketches simply help to provide and solidify an idea. In many ways, sketching to a designer was portrayed as the equivalent of a blueprint to an architect or a well-detailed schedule to an event planner;  In one post, Student 7 noted, “If an idea hit me, I immediately drew it or wrote it down,”. This student describes sketching as being a facet in the creative process of graphic design. I resonated with these statements because, like this student, I believe that sketching is the prime opportunity to release those creative ideas that are waiting to surge out from one’s boggled mind. This great emphasis on sketching in this graphic design course really stood out because, for me, drawing any kind of sketch can be intimidating, especially if one’s artistic abilities are not particularly reminiscent of a Monet or Van Gogh.

What is important, however, is that I realized that how well someone could sketch their ideas on a piece of paper doesn’t matter as much as how well one’s ideas from the sketch can be translated onto a blank canvas in InDesign. I learned that sketching, in addition to being a catalyst in the development of ideas and inspiration, is an enormous time saving tool in this course. I now believe that sketching can act as a sponge when it comes to absorbing what can be excess time spent trying to tweak small yet important details in an InDesign project. This is especially important when considering the amount of time students, such as myself, use to dedicate to other classes, in addition to this one. I don’t think that any college student truthfully wants to procrastinate when it comes to their work because of the inevitable, hair-pulling stress that is brought along with it. Nevertheless, many students often find themselves flustered at a computer hours before the deadline. This all-too-familiar of an issue thus makes the immutable importance of sketching in Graphics 217 that much greater.

Cory Fernandez

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