Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sketchbooks Identify Designers

Cartoonists, animators, and designers in general almost always have a sketchbook or two close at hand. If they are separated from their beloved sketchbooks they will grab a nearby napkin. Designers think and talk with pictures.

Those who design the world in which we live have different habits that those who simply live in the world they design. One of those habits is to carry a sketchbook to capture ideas and inspiration when and where they occur before they vanish in the ongoing press of information and ideas swarming in the minds of creative people.

Marc Dennis has a blog called "Creative Footprint" that explores and examines the ways in which we and other creatures leave marks on culture and community. He extols the virtues of sketchbooks and, in particular, a well-known version called "Moleskine". (right)

Marc Dennis says everyone loves to look at sketches and designers love to create them. Sketches are windows into the ways in which creative people think. Sketches are a way of planning for creative people - sometimes serving as previews of greater things to come. Sketches are ways for creative people to sort out their thoughts and ideas - like a peek inside their heads.

Moleskine is a brand of journals and sketchbooks that are ubiquitous among artists, architects, designers, art students, gallerists, poets and writers. They've been used by artists and writers who defined 20th century culture, including Hemingway, Van Gogh, Matisse and the leader of the surrealist movement André Breton. They are the quintessential sketchbook for the new millennium. To the initiated, there is simply no substitute.

Marc points out that the proper pronunciation is "mol-a-skeen'-a", a conglomeration of English, French and Italian influences. In case you're wondering, they're not made from the skin of a mole but the covers resemble it in texture and feel.

Click on the heading above to go to Dennis' blog "Creative Footprint" to see other wonderful sketches.

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