It is so easy to jump into InDesign and start designing, but sketching your idea out is the best way to start before you even turn your computer or device on. It is really important to step away from your computer and sketch with a pencil and paper. Cara St.Hilaire discusses why sketching is the best way to communicate ideas simply. If your drawing skills aren't strong, there are ways to improve with drawing challenges and courses on drawing, such as figure drawing or landscape drawing.
- In this age of everything digital, it's still essential to sketch and draw your ideas. Sketching away from the computer and all the distractions it holds allows you to focus on concepts and outline a direction that supports the goals of your projects. It's easy to get pulled into choosing fonts and picking colors you love versus making thoughtful and informed decisions about how these elements work together and what they communicate. Think of it as one of your key tools alongside your favorite software and apps. You don't have to be a master draftsman, but you do need to feel like you can convey your ideas quickly with simple sketches. If your drawing skills are strong, this can be a huge asset and a valuable skill that you can bring to your team and clients. If you're able to create some of your own illustrations, this can also save time and money. Now, if you don't feel like your drawing skills are where you'd like them to be, don't panic. Look for our Drawing Foundation series. Here, you'll get guidance on perspective, shading, drawing the figure and landscapes, and more. These are more traditional fine art drawing courses, and will teach you how to render what you see. For another great group of courses, look at the Drawing Challenges with the talented illustrator Von Glitschka. Whether you choose one of his 5-Day Challenges or the 21-Day Challenge, they are really fun and will get you into a daily habit of drawing. So grab a sketch book and start getting your brilliant ideas down on paper.