The Representational Imperative: Sketching and Design Creativity
Design belongs to the compositional disciplines, which require a search at the front end of working on assignments. The end outcome is, in most cases, not the entity to be realized but a representation of it, in two or three dimensions. This is a complex process, as there are always many acceptable possible approaches and solutions. Creative design aspires to not only satisfy given requirements, but to surpass them, creating something that is both functional and pleasing to the senses, hopefully innovative and even surprising and exciting. To facilitate this complex practice, designers create intermediate representations that provide essential feedback, thus enabling actions that advance development of a solution. The fastest and most efficient representational device is a freehand sketch, manual of digital, which has many cognitive advantages, operating as a thinking tool as well as an external memory and communication device. Styles vary, and specific gains from sketching differ from one discipline to another.
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