Sketching to communicate – Drawing, sketching and designing (8/19)

Sketching to communicate – Drawing, sketching and designing (8/19)


Activity 19. So far
you’ve used your drawing to produce sketches
of designed objects. But drawing can do other things –
it can communicate. Activity 19’s about you defining
an activity and communicating it through drawing. Let me give you two of my examples. If I were to say,
‘how do you serve up a pizza?’ I may have to illustrate that
by saying, look, you actually buy your pizza
in a box which looks like this. When you take it out
it’s an oval object but it’s covered
in a cellophane wrapper. That needs to be discarded. So I need to show
that being taken off first of all before I can put my pizza in the oven
at a certain temperature from which is can emerge
nice and baking hot with all the delicious strips of
vegetables or meat on top of it. So I’m using drawing in this activity to talk someone through
a series of events. Now if those drawings
were good enough I wouldn’t even need to explain it. So we get the roots
of many of our instruction manuals that work across different countries. Let me have another example. For example, we buy books of stamps. This is a book
of four first-class stamps. How will I explain to somebody
what do to with those? I might show a close-up of one stamp
as if it were peeling away from the book as if to suggest
that was peeling away. What do you do with it then?
Well, you take it and you apply it onto your envelope
that’s got an address on it and you put it in that position. So I might want to use an arrow to
show where that went onto there. And this one
might have come out from here. What do you do with it after that? Well, we can use our oval techniques
to do some sort of caricature of a letterbox and suggest now our
letter goes into the post box there. Your activity in Activity 19 is to
devise a simple sequence of events from a situation you’re familiar with
and use your sketching to compose a series of images
that convey an activity. Over to you.

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