Purpose: To realize how one’s thoughts and ideas can be communicated to others using simple sketches


Importance of Sketching

Click the image to the right to go to a website that covers a lot of great points about the importance of sketching, especially as it pertains to the Design Process

Sketching ‘Rules’

  • Sketch quickly!
  • The sketch is not to scale
  • Perfection is less important than being neat and simple
  • Make it proportional

Sketching in our class

In this class, since we design and make things, we sketch.  A lot!  Sketching can be – and often is – a method of BRAINSTORMING novel ideas to solve a problem or design something new.  The more ideas we come up with, the better solutions can be.  Want to see some class examples from the past?  Click here


Activity 1: Orthographic Views

IMG orthographic example
Example 3-View Orthographic sketch

Having trouble? Think you CAN’T sketch these?


Activity 2: Isometric Views


Activity 3: Adding Dimensions to the Isometric blocksimgBlocksWithDimensions

  • Lecture: Explanation and purpose
  • Task:  Using correct dimensioning guidelines, measure the ‘actual’ dimensions asked for in the link below.  Do this with your group, making sure everyone has the same dimensions. Put those dimensions on one of your best isometric sketches in your composition book
  • Click here for dimensions of blocks #1, #2, and #4

Miscellaneous Links

Measuring