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Thumbnail sketches are simple outline drawings of initial ideas, for a product. Usually, they are not detailed, although they may be labelled or include brief notes. Limited colour is sometimes applied. The sketches are drawn relatively quickly, with a pencil, pen, felt pen or any media that the designer feels comfortable using.
Thumbnail sketches, allow the designer to be creative without worrying about detail. For example, there is no need to consider how materials will be joined or even what material can be used. In this way creativity can ‘flow’ and ideas are put down on paper quickly. Thumbnail sketches are generally used in the early stages of the design process, although they are sometimes used when developing an idea.
|The thumbnail sketches shown below, are for the design of an unusual MP3 station. In diagram 1, the basic shape is drawn. Over the next three stages legs are added and the overall shape of the speakers is developed a little. Notes could be added, but in this case, the designer has limited the ideas to just thumbnail sketches.|
|Below is one way of presenting thumbnail sketches. The pages include several different ideas for an MP3 station.|
|Pgae representing a thumbnail skteches of a reading lad rest.|
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