Visual notes by Charles Eames

I was excited to find this image that illustrates the design process of Charles Eames.  This was originally used in a design article written by him.   Drawing Connections,   a blog hosted by a  professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, uses this drawing and the two drawings below, as lesson for his student’s. Here is advise his advise:   “When developing drawing and design skills, it can be tremendously helpful to nearly simultaneously practice drawing and observe drawing practice. Practice. Practice. Find designers who use drawing as a part of their design process. Study the drawings.”

In the 1950s, the Ray and Charles worked in architecture and modern  furniture design. As with their earlier molded plywood work, the Eameses pioneered technologies, such as the fiberglass and plastic resin chairs and the wire mesh chairs designed for Herman Miller. It is interesting for me to see how Eames employed the visual language of drawing people doing different activities to generate ideas for designs.  These visual notes and doodle drawings reinforce the idea that hand drawing can play a significant role in the design process.

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