Episode 3 of Students of Product Design is all about sketching, rendering and creating presentation sheets of your design ideas. In this episode I look at simple hand rendering techniques to improve your presentation sheets using a variety of artists materials including pens, pencils and markers.
The main message of the video is that it doesn’t matter what materials you use to create your concept design presentations, it’s about communication, about how easily and clearly you can tell a story and about how well you have answered the brief.
There are various techniques I use to improve the quality of my finished sketches. Drawing slowly improves the quality of your lines and outlining with a thicker black pen will help make your design ideas stand out. Adding drop shadows, a background square and some targeted notes also makes your presentation sheets look more professional.
I use a variety of materials but some industrial design students have contacted me to say they can’t afford expensive art materials, so to demonstrate that it doesn’t matter what you sketch with, at the end of this video I create a design presentation using a set of children’s crayons, a few felt tip pens and a Biro. Concept design presentations are about the strength of your ideas and how well you communicate those ideas, as well as how well you can draw.
I hope you enjoy episode 03 of Students of Product Design, I’ll always try and answer any questions you have if you post them in the comments box.
Video Sketching and Rendering – Students of Product Design Episode 3
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