How to Draw Cars – Reflections

October 29, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Ok.  So you probably thought that I was going to talk about reflections on a car right? Well I fooled you! But wait…it’s still a good read so just check it out.  I sit here at an airport waiting for my flight back to Detroit.  I have a couple hours to kill before boarding so I decided to start reflecting on things.

Reflection is hard to do.  What does it mean anyway and what do you reflect on?  Reflection brings about reason for accomplishing certain tasks but is that really necessary?   Do you always have to have a reason for the things you do and how you do it?

Maybe…maybe not…it is something that ultimately you need to decide if you think it is important.  However here are some things to consider on the subject of reflection.  You see reflection helps to bring about structure in your thinking process.  It helps you to organize your thoughts and understand the main intent of your designs.  When you embark on creating a product to be consumed by the consumer….you must reflect upon what your product intent is and how it will help your consumer.

When we sketch and draw, the sketches should have some purpose or reason.  You may think in some instances that this is not true….such as ideation…you may not have a direction so you start to draw random objects in hopes of making a connection to an idea that can be expanded upon or developed.    However, the very process of ideation is just that…the purpose of exploration.  It indeed has a purpose.

Often times, students or designers feel that ideation does not make a difference and that the final product being presented is key.  It’s actually the other way around.  Understanding your thought process and how you think and arrive at a solution is KEY to creating a design with substance.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help guide your thinking process in coming up with a solution to a problem:

  1.  What is my problem statement?  What problem am I trying to solve?
  2.  What research have I done that verifies that this is an actual problem worth solving?
  3. What are the current products out there that attempt to solve this problem?
  4. How can I do it better?

This indeed separates the artist from a designer.  As a designer your objective is to create a product and make life a little easier for people (maybe you can equate that to making people lazier ;) ).  Hopefully after reading this, it should give you some insight as to whether reflection is important to you or not.

If not…better reflect on it! ;)  Stay cool …..and keep drawing!

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