Sketches Versus New Technologies in Design Creative Process

  • Ana Moreira da SilvaEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Design and Innovation book series (SSDI, volume 1)


As the designer has to conceive and develop solutions for specific problems of different nature, sketches may present themselves as an operative support for conceptual reflection, problem solving and critical analyses within the several phases of the design process. Once, hand drawing and sketching ruled design curricula, because there simply was no alternative. The introduction of CAD, image editing, on-line search engines and other new technology advances have irrevocably changed the way we perceive and map the world around us. As a result, the status and value of hand-drawing has changed and it is important to reflect upon the functions, the teaching and the evaluation of the tools we use to express design. One of the main questions we would like to find answers is if the nowadays wide use of new technologies doesn’t invalidate the important role played by hand-drawing as a stimulating instrument when sketching the first ideas and as a critical verification of the several solution hypotheses. Sketching survival facing the artificial intelligence growing importance is this research main issue. Through the study of several statements from various authors we intend to investigate not only the permanence of the sketching important role since mid-last century to present, but also its possible use in the future. From this theoretical approach we also intend to verify the relevance of hand-drawing teaching in the formation of the future designers, despite the paradigm changes that emerge from the new technologies advances.


Sketches Technology Drawing Design process 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIAUD—Lisbon School of ArchitectureUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.CITAD—Faculdade de Arquitetura e ArtesUniversidade LusíadaLisbonPortugal

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