Most designers are accustomed to starting their work on paper. If you’re a designer, you’ve probably got a notebook or two sitting around with random brilliant sketches. Often the initial sketches themselves are something to be proud of — and it’s a shame that no one ever sees them.
Have you ever wondered what others’ sketches look like? We did. When designers put pen to paper the results are quite different. We’ll show you.
Buzz was kind enough to share Campaign Monitor’s early sketches of the landing page.
Campaign Monitor has a rather flat aesthetic (which we love). It’s interesting how Buzz’s sketches seem to match the spirit of Campaign Monitor’s design.
The diagonal lines echo back to the diagonal lines in the final version. Buzz’s sketching style prioritizes clean lines and clear direction over detail.
We’ll see down below how designers tend to be consistent in translating heavy sketching into more complex design.
His work shows restraint and is simultaneously rich. His blog, in particular, exhibits that restraint. He lent us a bunch of early sketches of it that mostly looked like the above image.
Maykel uses a thick pen and less detail. Like Buzz (above), he gives himself general guidelines with a focus on layout, but focuses even less on the small stuff.
Compare his sketch to the final product (Visit him at http://miekd.com/). It’s interesting how each individual’s sketching style foreshadows the style of their final version in some way.
Alex is a talented designer working for the Google Art Department. Visiting his portfolio site is highly recommended — it’s wonderful.
Alex shared sketches of a Dick Tracy poster that he created for the Silver Screen Society. Unsurprisingly, the sketches are as detailed as the final draft.
If you’re into his work, you should probably just follow him.
Cuberto is a design shop in St. Petersburg, Russia, that produces some exquisite icon design and unique mobile interfaces.
Many Russias designers, particularly designers from St. Petersburg, are imbued with a serious talent for detailed work. As you might expect, the detail of Dmitry’s high-resolution icons is echoed by his sketch work.
Take a look at their dribbble profile for some of their awesome work.
Ian is the co-founder of Segment.io with a definite recognizable style. He was hesitant to send over a sketch because of how sparsely he jots down ideas before starting on them.
In the corner of a notebook, Ian drew something to give him a rough idea of what he wanted to design. Somehow, though, it managed to translate accurately into the final draft.
We’d like to share more of these, including our own (we have quite the stack of notebooks). If you’re a designer who’d like to share his early sketches, send them to email@example.com.
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