Some of my logo, typography and layout sketches over the last couple of years… along with a fair bit of rough illustration work too.
These days I can’t even imagine just jumping straight onto the computer and generating ideas that way. I always start off every project in my sketchbook so I can just thrash out a load of rough ideas and have a think about what might work best.
I read a book a couple years ago that showed you inside some of the sketchbooks of famous graphic designers and illustrators, it has to be one of the most interesting design books I’ve read as it gave an insight into how these people work… makes a nice change from seeing nothing but all these masterpieces that have undergone countless rounds of revisions before arriving at their finished state, all kept secret between designer and client (or sometimes just the designer).
I also helped out in a workshop for architecture students last year on how to have creative ideas. I took my portfolio and one of my recent sketchbooks with me, and found that it was the latter that received by far the most attention. My portfolio was passed around the group of 15 or so students in around 10–15 minutes… my sketchbook, on the other hand, took the best part of an hour to make it’s way round everyone.
If there’s one thing better than looking at finished design work, it’s looking at the rough sketches that led to it. People don’t want to see just what you’ve done, they want to see how you’ve done it too.
And on that note, see below some of my sketches! There are a lot more than this that I’ve accumulated over the last couple years, but I could only be bothered to scan so many, so here are some of my favourites. A lot of the sketches below are for projects currently in my portfolio at this time of writing… see if you can spot any! 😉
Do you have a load of old design / illustration sketches too? Post them to your blog and then leave a link in the comments!