Hand Drawings in Urban, Building, Interior and Product Design
While we explore digital techniques to engage clients in the design process, we are still a big supporter of traditional hand drawings. Below are the reasons:
- Freedom: Free hand drawings are not limited by dimensions, numbers and commands. Designers get to let lose in the process and commit to the big ideas before getting caught up in technique.
- Clarity: Knowing that we cannot copy and paste by hand, designers tend to draw only the overall impression rather than crowding the paper with unnecessary details.
- Time: It allows designers to be the master of the design. When designers use computers, people expect the result to be instant; When designers draw by hand, people enjoy seeing the progress as part of the art making. We become the master of our profession rather than the slave of the computer.
- Intimacy: Hand drawings train designers to think in 3d. Counter intuitively, working in digital 3d model doesn’t make people better in spatial design. The ability to simplify 3d data into 2d drawings is the skill that makes architects special.
- Value: Hand drawings have money value in terms of art collection. We can hang it in the office. It can also be traded, but digital drawings doesn’t carry the same value as a piece of artwork.
- Copyright: It is very unlikely for people to steal images or ideas from a hand drawing. Much like a signature, it has authenticity. Rendering tends to get copied and pasted multiple times on the internet without crediting the author.
Below is a set of hand drawings documenting various projects from 50km city design to 0.5m product design. Some text and image cropping were done digitally.
Flower Cards with Seeded Paper
We love plants and we love graphics. Seeded paper is the best method to turn our business cards into flowers. It is poetic that our names will be turned into flowers. The paper is essentially toilet paper and the ink is natural pigment. See our previous design with TextMoss.
TextMOSS – Text can grows
The idea of this TextMoss is to use plant material to symbolize the event of Triangle Fire and the ongoing struggle for working class. The memorial subtlety integrates itself to the Brown building, but the use of material makes it visually unique from the surrounding context. Wouldn’t it be nice to represent a tragic event using plants that are organic, useful and lively? All the victims name are formed as moss and lined up on the stone wall.
The second part of this memorial is a row of Holly trees at the rooftop of the Brown building. They serve as the soft counterpart to the solid moss wall at the bottom. Holly tree also has the symbolism of protection, overcoming of anger, spiritual warrior. They represent those lives lost in the fire but the evergreen quality helps the memorial to bring a positive message out of a tragic event.
Both pieces from top and bottom of the building work together to give the Brown Building a new identity. The plant materials not only serve several symbolism, but they will very likely help the building to reduce its carbon footprint. This memorial is symbolically and functionally meaningful.
Check out our related greenwall ideas: golfscape and tramways
With a little bit of water, moss can last for a month.