Principles for updating hand drawing for a digital world.
By James Richards, ASLA
Why draw? In an ever more digital world, with all the
technology available to us, is hand drawing still relevant?
Increasingly, it depends on whom you ask. A generation of
new landscape architecture graduates and young professionals is wading into
complex projects without the drawing and sketching skills that have sustained
designers for millennia. Many young landscape architects say they see no need
At the same time, six-figure executives from Nike, IBM, and
Microsoft are lining up to learn freehand drawing skills in seminars with names
like “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.” It’s the ultimate irony that as
design offices rush to become paperless, cutting-edge company leaders are
learning to draw in order to become more creative, whole-brain thinkers. What’s
Equally ironic is that, as more tech-savvy graduates enter
the marketplace and better digital visualization tools become available, my
work as a consulting designer—diagramming and sketching on the “front end” of
complex projects—has exploded. I’m hand drawing more now than ever in my
30-year career. I’m convinced that this demand isn’t because I’m a particularly
gifted designer, but because the ability to capture visual impressions by hand,
very quickly, is increasingly rare. And with the loss of these skills, our
design firm clients tell us, a measure of spontaneity and creative freshness
may have also been lost in the process.
…To read the entire article, subscribe to LAM!
What's New |
LAND | Annual
Product Profiles & Directory