Sketching and the Mindful Designer: Sketching as a the Process of Learning to Think Visually

By Alma Hoffmann.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: January 27, 2016 $US5.00

A mindful designer immerses him/herself in the process of visual problem solving while being aware, that in the process itself, there are lessons to be learned. Design educators desire to educate and nurture a new generation of designers who critically engage in problem solving. We strive to mold students into mindful designers, aware of the processes, actions, and activities necessary to resolve visual communication problems. To provide this type of education we need to consider the skills, tools, vocabulary, readings, and exercises that will create a mindful designer. Sketching is the method through which a designer thoughtfully and mindfully engages in visual problem solving. When the student enters a stage of sketching, not just to solve a problem but also to learn from the process itself, he/she is mindfully engaging in the design process, and thereby becoming a mindful designer.

Keywords: Sketch, Designer, Mindful, Student Perception, Design Education

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 10, Issue 2, June, 2016, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 27, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.279MB)).

Alma Hoffmann

Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, USA