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Going Old School: The Advantages of Analog Sketching in a Digital World of Industrial Design


In the fast-paced world of industrial design, it can be easy to fall into the trap of relying solely on digital tools and screens for our creative process. However, there is something special about the simple act of picking up a pencil and a piece of paper that can reignite our creativity and inspire fresh ideas.

Analogue sketching has long been a crucial part of the industrial design process, and for good reason. Beyond its efficiency and ease of use, it offers a unique way to explore and communicate ideas in a tangible way. As Mr Chiranjith, Co-Founder & CDO of TCC, notes, analogue sketching allows designers to create products that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, while also bridging the gap between design teams and other stakeholders.

Perhaps most importantly, analogue sketching offers a tactile experience that simply cannot be replicated on a screen. It invites mistakes and encourages experimentation, leading to unexpected creativity and innovative solutions. In a world where we are constantly staring at screens and feeling burnt out, analogue sketching offers a refreshing break that can reinvigorate our creativity and energize our design process.

So, next time you find yourself hitting a creative wall or struggling to communicate your ideas, try putting down the mouse and picking up a pencil. You may be surprised at the new ideas and fresh perspectives that emerge from this simple act. As the saying goes, sometimes the simplest solutions are the most effective.

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