There is no doubt that most of us heard ourselves making statements such as “my design is going to be…” at the very start of any project. We tend to have preconceived and biased views about the final outcome of the project forgetting that research can actually help find better solutions for the so-called design problems. Modelling is a very significant part of any design process and must never be ignored.
“…using computer software can actually limit your options when it comes to fining resolutions.”
Whilst it is helpful to start sketching out the general arrangement of space using floor plans and/or 3D software, be mindful that using computer software can actually limit your options when it comes to fining resolutions. Using “pre-fabricated” components can be useful but there is a danger that your designs will be dictated by the computer rather than your own creative ideas. Sketch models can help you understand how things can be made. They can also offer you that flexibility that computer software cannot. Using simple materials such as old pieces of cardboard and masking tape can actually work better to help you make others understand your ideas. Nipping and tucking, cutting and sticking – once you have arrived at the design shape that you are happy with, you can then transfer it into your CAD drawings with a little help of Photoshop. or even better, draw it by hand!
If you do not believe in your own design, how can you persuade the viewers to believe in them?
Regardless of how bad you think your drawing and modelling skills are, it is important to remember – do not be embarrassed. This is after all your way of communicating your ideas whether it is a simple line drawing or watercolour washes or collage. Take pride of your work and this will be translated into your design and presentation of your work. If you start showing any signs of insecurity and embarrassment can lead to disastrous outcomes. In fact, using mixed media for communication of your ideas will show off your creative side. Anyone can learn how to draw the lines using a “mouse” but it takes a creative mind, a visionary and a believer to confidently communicate the ideas using simple materials.