I'd never ever posted anything on a forum before, but after getting bored with Facebook, I started to look at linkedin
and joined a few discussion groups. A couple of months ago I was watching the TV (not really watching it but doodling ideas and browsing my iPad) when a thought struck me – in my experience, so many designers (particularly younger ones) didn't draw. If they ever picked up a pencil it was to scribble a 'shorthand' idea on a scrap of paper and many didn't even bother but went straight to their Macs, sat and waited for inspiration! Of course this is a slightly exaggerated scenario but only slightly!
I reached for my Ipad and posted:
Call me old-fashioned but I think it's a shame so many designers can't draw anymore. Ideas and problem solving are massively important but the best designers are those that have all the skills.
The response I got was immediate, varied, passionate and even scathing, but it was certainly a subject that got people talking and thinking – many even vowed to start drawing again, some even setting up drawing classes and starting campaigns.
Last year I lectured at a college where the graphics studio resembled something from Stanley Kubrick's 2001
– a pristine white space with immaculate rows of flat screens, each space had a scanner, wireless low profile keyboard and Magic Mouse. How could a young student not be tempted by this sparkling seductive technology!
In comparison a pencil and a pad must seem dull and boring. The lecturers were keen to point out that students weren't allowed on a computer until they had an idea. But I suspect the thinking and drawing process was a small proportion of time, to that spent at the Mac. Maybe this is the problem.
As a youngster at Foundation College I sat and did life-drawing for at least an hour every day. As you can imagine my drawing improved enormously. Older artists friends I knew, said that in their day they had to draw skeletons and plaster casts for a year before they ever saw a life model. I know the world changes and there's no such thing as the 'good old days'. I too love my Mac but I do think if drawing were a part of the curriculum at colleges, they'd produce better designers.
When there are 500+ responses I'm going to print a limited edition T shirt (see above)