2. The Sketches

Sketching! The central activity of design! As a designer, you need to be able to sketch any and every idea that comes to mind, to get it out of your brain and into a form where everyone can see it. Sometimes it’s important for you to see the idea, and sometimes it’s important for others to see it. When you have something to share, something to refer to, and something to start from, only then can the next idea be built on top of it (or diverge from it).

Outlines are a way to use writing to explore design questions, and sketches are a way to use drawing to explore them. Depending on the question, you may need to create an outline, a sketch, or a combination of the two. As you practice both disciplines, you’ll get better at knowing ...

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