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Thumbnail sketches on idea development: The drawing board vs computer generation

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This article is an outcome of a survey that sought to determine the extent to which graphic design students are inspired by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in using thumbnail sketches in their design process in a university in the developing world. In situations where idea development in graphic design moves into the digital domain, with developing countries also embracing ICT and its technologies, change in pedagogy in graphic design education should be envisaged. The possibilities of design students avoiding the rigorous traditional use of thumbnail sketches were put to test as students these days spend long hours on the computer in their design development. Using analytical survey, data were analysed in reference to students’ perception on ICT in the design process. It emerged that students go through their idea development now using computer-generated ideas in their development stages against the traditional thumbnail sketches. The findings highlight a review of current pedagogy of design education, especially in the area of idea development, to reflect the emerging trends of ICT in graphic design education in developing countries.

Keywords: brainstorming; computer generation; design education; design process; idea development; thumbnail sketches

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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