Depending on what information we are trying to communicate and our target audience, a well selected drawing will be easy to understand and convey our messages intuitively. Choosing the correct drawing for the tasks at hand, is as important as the drawing quality.
For example, to show the client the quality of morning sunlight entering the dining room windows, a 3D visualisation would be a great choice of drawing.
Questions from the town planner about the height of the building might be best explained in a measured cross section.
For a builder, a detailed drawing showing materials, measurements and the names of various parts would enable him to build the foundation and brick wall accurately.
There are many other types of drawings, styles and conventions, which are useful for communicating in different ways:
- 3D visuals
- Scaled drawings, including Plans, Sections, Elevations
- Construction and detail details
- Line drawings, computer renderings, montage, hand drawings, paintings and many more
For Architects and designers drawing is first and foremost a process of thinking, understanding and exploring design. Designers use different drawings to explore real life concerns, ideas, constraints or opportunities in relation to our projects. During this process we cultivate our instincts, intuition and inspiration to help guide us towards a design’s greater potentials and limits, whilst always seeking to improve the quality of our work at every step.