Design ideas don’t always start with a neat and tidy drawing. Take a look at these images of preliminary plan ideas. I call this visual thinking. Ideas are popping as shapes are being drawn on the page. The motion of drawing will generate design solutions. The first napkin sketch is drawn by Jill Seidner who is an interior designer based in Los Angeles.
Below is an example from Ari Settle’s Interior Design Portfolio of a quick sketchy floor plan and perspective drawing showing the design ideas.
Project Massena Modern has a quick napkin sketch on their blog of their landscape project.
What do your preliminary design plan sketches look like? How do you utilize visual thinking when generating ideas for design projects? I start my space planning ideas on scrap paper, move them to grid paper and to continue to plan in 1/4″ scale. I will create two or three quick, sloppy, preliminary sketches before I reach a successful final plan. The movement of my hand and seeing the image being created generate ideas for me as I am working. Notice in my sketch below, there are two furniture placement ideas in the top left corner, which would be better, three chairs or a round table with chairs?