This show-by-example sourcebook clearly illustrates proven methods and procedures for keeping a highly useful visual notebook. The coverage demonstrates how to make rapid, notational sketches that serve as visual records for future reference, as well as improve understanding and facilitate the development of ideas. It shows how to expand knowledge of a subject beyond what is gained through observation or verbal representation alone. This book is an indispensible resource for architects and designers using freehand notational sketching as a way of recording, experiencing, observing, learning, and further connecting with their creativity.
Norman A. Crowe is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame's School of Architecture and author of Nature and the Idea of a Man-Made World. Paul Laseau is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Ball State University. He has twenty-five years' experience teaching freehand sketching and design drawing, and is author of several books related to visual communication.
Preface vii 1. Introduction 1 The Uses of Visual Notes 2 Visual Literacy 6 The Notebook 10 Using This Book 14 Getting Started 15 2. A Guide to Note-Taking 17 Recording 19 Analysis 26 Design 30 3. A Journal 35 Exploring a Place 38 Understanding Order and Disorder 50 Solutions to Common Problems 64 Focusing on Details 72 Design Study: International Center 86 4. A Collection of Visual Notes 99 Thinking and Creativity 99 Visual Note-Taking 101 Examples 102 5. Transitions to Design 141 Visual Notation and Design Process 141 Impact of Digital Technology 142 Digital Design Media 142 Examples 144 Conclusion 178 Appendix Tools and Techniques 181 Equipment 182 Basic Drawings 184 Drawing Conventions 202 Analytical Drawings 214 Symbolic Drawings 220 Endnotes 226 Illustration and Photo Credits 227 Bibliography 229 Index 231