This week we were tasked to create 101 rough sketches, taking no more than one minute to complete each. At first this seemed like a foundational undergraduate exercise, but filtering the complexity of my thesis direction into 101 sketches actually opened my ideas about the creative potential of my project.
It was a big challenge for me. Although I have an undergraduate degree in studio art that focused on drawing and painting, along with the visual communication design degree, I am very bad at sketching. My drawing typically requires a very slow and concentrated effort with a visual reference. I also rely heavily on shading to communicate form.
At first I tried to think of cooking actions and tools that could be used as icons for instructing parents and children.
For me, sketching is an entirely other beast than drawing. Especially sketching interactions or experiences. I really struggled with how to quickly articulate abstract concepts into one minute sketches.
The process was worthwhile, especially the notion of pushing through when you think your ideas are tapped dry. I created a stack of keywords to keep inspiration flowing.
This lead me to conceptualize barriers to cooking, such as time commitments.
I thought about the system I was creating, how it could interact with the home and kitchen environment.
Although the process of sketching was frequently very frustrating, I had a few spurts that lead me to fresh ideas that I would not have considered otherwise. This idea is about how to break apart meals in sequences over a week so the preparing for one meal will lead to an ingredient in a future meal. Is it possible to construct a mealplan for a week where 4 simple meals lead to making one more complex meal more manageable?
Also, I explored how I could capture the relationship and interaction between parents and children. What are the needs or desires of each group and where are the design opportunities?
How can the five senses be expressed so I can utilize them in the experience of my design?