There are a lot of tools that can be used when it comes to drafting ideas, retaining knowledge and getting creative. I have found brain dumping on paper through sketches, annotations and notes has been a formula that works well for me.
When approaching sketching, the tools I use, are:
- sketch book
- thick pen for headings
- normal pen for most things
- fine pen for small details
- a light grey shading pen for depth and emphasising
- and a colour pen (try to avoid red and green as these colours have strong meanings behind them, such as marking, error, or success, which could cause confusion)
To begin, it’s important I define my goal and then with pencil I start placing ideas and considerations that revolve around that goal. Once I have something substantial down, I start to get an idea of what needs to be kept, what can be dismissed, what needs to be highlighted and further discussed. I then finish the piece off by tracing over with pen, adding more detail where needed and looking at images to add that will further express my ideas and get my message across.
I find these drawings have various functions, such as:
- idea generation
- scoping and understanding direction
- considering a problem from different angles
- thinking clearer and finding solutions
- a way of communicating ideas
- wireframing and wire flow
Quality is not too important as it’s more about the thinking and the process behind the ideas and solutions. Also, expressing your point-of-view and sharing with team members is a great way to collaborate, review and receive feedback. Placing up on a wall can be good for constant reviewing and inviting further discussions.