A Speculative Approach to Drawing as Visualising Thinking

Michael Croft
2012, Vol. 17, No. 3,

Abstract


This paper starts from the premise that drawing can be a
means of visualising thinking, with an emphasis on the
process involved. A gap often seems to exist in the minds
of students of visual/material creative fields in ideasgenerative
contexts, between thought and action. The
thesis is that the gap between thinking and doing can be
reduced to being near simultaneous, in this instance
through drawing. The methodology is practice-based, with
a range of contribution from mid-program and final year
students of communication design. Drawing is both the
means and the subject of the research. The paper
introduces the research’s theoretical basis, considers its
application and concludes with subsequent development.
Some of the students' practical work and linguistic
responses illustrate points of the text. The research
suggests that at prior or early stages of the design process
the relative autonomy of the medium itself can offer
visual/material suggestions and objects. Due to the
ongoing nature of their practice, the students themselves
have moved the research on from its original premise. The
paper concludes by proposing to continue the research by
observing how one can think about and rationalise one’s
visual perception of movement at the moment of
engagement in the drawing process.

Keywords


learning, participatory approaches, experience, creativity, Philosophy, design practice, teaching