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Effective: Summer 2014

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will be able to sketch a variety of abstract and functional objects and forms in linear perspective
  • Students will be able to develop visualization skills, problem solving and communication skills used by contemporary industrial designers and/or product designers
Description -
Hands-on two-dimensional design foundation course in the sketching processes utilized by industrial and product designers. This class is a practical and theoretical course that emphasizes rapid visualization, creative problem solving, portfolio development and communication skills used by contemporary product and industrial designers. These skills include free hand sketching techniques, geometric analysis of functional objects, abstract forms, basic perspective, basic color theory and rendering marker applications.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Construct geometrically constructed perspective using orthogonal construction lines
  2. Sketch a variety of abstract and functional objects and forms in linear perspective
  3. Delineate complex and curvilinear shapes accurately.
  4. Accurately illustrate and render basic geometric forms, color theory and surfaces in two dimensions
  5. Demonstrate the steps and processes in industrial design and/or product design sketching
  6. Develop, visualize and produce product ideas and/or industrial design ideas
  7. Demonstrate professional industrial or product design standards
  8. Critique, give and receive constructive feedback
  9. Develop visualization skills, problem solving and communication skills used by contemporary industrial designers and/or product designers
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Adequate work table space and stool for each student.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Perspective Construction Lines
    1. Create orthographic views
    2. Geometrically constructed perspective
    3. Develop designs primary orthographic views
  2. Sketch a variety of objects in linear perspective- One point perspective, Two point perspective, Three point perspective and from projection
    1. Imagination source
    2. Observation source
    3. Photographic source
    4. Industrial Design research source
    5. Sketchbook design source
  3. Rapid gesture line drawings
    1. Complex forms
      1. Abstract forms
      2. Basic functional forms
    2. Curvilinear shapes
  4. Basic geometric forms and surfaces drawings with value
    1. Tone
      1. Contrast
      2. Gradations
    2. Composition and the principles of design
      1. Unity
      2. Balance
      3. Emphasis
      4. Scale
      5. Balance
    3. Light source
      1. Core or Terminator Shadows
      2. Cast Shadows
      3. Form Shadows
      4. Reflected Light
      5. Half Tone
      6. High Light
    4. Color Theory
      1. Monochromatic color-Tints, Tones and Shades
      2. Color and communication
      3. Color and contrast
  5. Process Sketches
    1. Accurate freehand sketching that looks effortless and quickly produced
    2. Layouts and underlay sketches
    3. Final finished drawings
  6. Portfolio development
    1. Collect sketches
    2. Archive sketches
    3. Edit sketches
    4. Produce a portfolio
      1. Product ideas
      2. Industrial design ideas
  7. Professional Two Dimensional Standards
    1. Two Dimensional elements of design skills
      1. Line
      2. Shape
      3. Color
      4. Texture
      5. Value
      6. Motion
    2. Rapid design marker sketching and rendering techniques
    3. Tools
      1. Grey markers
      2. Color markers
      3. Sketching pencils
    4. Craftsmanship specific to Industrial Design sketching
  8. Critiques
    1. Openly discuss in a professional manner
    2. Constructive feedback for their peers'
    3. Self-critiques
    4. Use appropriate Industrial Design and/or Product Design terminology in class critiques
  9. Develop visualization skills, problem solving and communication skills used by contemporary industrial designers and/or product designers
    1. Verbally present ideas in a group
    2. Written descriptions of concepts and ideas
    3. Research products and creative ideas
    4. Visually present products and new creative solutions
    5. Present many versions and approaching to an idea
    6. Communicate ideas and creative ideas in a portfolio
Methods of Evaluation -
Evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
  1. Portfolio of completed work
  2. Oral presentations and class critiques
    1. The student may be evaluated in terms of his overall contribution to the class.
    2. Participation in class critiques and discussions and demonstration of interest and overall contribution to the class.
  3. Research papers that relate to Industrial Design visualization
  4. Lab projects
    1. Individual projects will be evaluated on the basis of some or all the following criteria:
      1. Design proficiency and originality. Appropriateness of the structure to the assignment.
      2. Craftsmanship - evidence of care in drawing technique and process drawings Project Sketchbook Portfolio
      3. Progress - evidence of individual's increased understanding and application of the sketching process.
    2. Evidence of understanding linear perspective
    3. Evidence of text and idea development
Representative Text(s) -
Eissen,K. and Steur, R. Sketching,the Basics. BIS Publishers, 2011.
Montague, John. Basic Perspective Drawing: A Visual Guide (5th Edition). Wiley, 2010.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentation using the vocabulary of Industrial Design or Product Design.
  2. Class discussions using the language and visualization skills of Industrial Designers.
  3. Demonstrations using the Industrial Design sketching process.
  4. Critiques of weekly in progress Industrial Design sketching projects and sketchbooks followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
Lab Content -
  1. A sketchbook or portfolio binder with Industrial Design or Product Design sketching projects.
  2. Product design sketching assignments in which the student is required to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the use of the one point and two point perspective.
  3. Visualization practice and creative idea development exercises.
  4. Rendering exercises specifically for Industrial Design drawing.
  5. Accurate freehand sketching exercises and underlay's sketches
  6. Geometric form exercises, practicing tone, contrast, gradation, composition, light source, shadow and reflected light.
  7. Collect, archive, edit, and produce a portfolio of product ideas and/or industrial design ideas.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Written textbook summary notes.
  2. Written summary of the Industrial Design creative design project and written self-critique using appropriate terminology.
  3. A research paper discussing contemporary Industrial Designers or design products.
  4. Sketching along with Industrial design videos or online content.
  5. Creating original ideas, concepts and new product designs in an Industrial Design sketchbook.
  6. Making studies of Industrial Design perspective sketches and lines techniques from the required textbook.