Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(9), pp. 2036 - 2046
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060923
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An Analysis of Sketch Inhibition within Contemporary Design Education

Lisa Thurlow 1,*, Peter Ford 2
1 School of Design, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
2 Commercial Design Unit, De Montfort University, United Kingdom


Sketch inhibition is regularly alluded to by educators as a phenomenon within design higher education, and one having increasingly marked effects on industry - but has garnered little attention from academics. This paper provides a meta-analysis of the literature and evaluation of the anatomy and functions of sketching during design ideation across a variety of disciplines. It demonstrates the importance of sketching for cognitive support, as a language, a means of reflection, and storage of information. It presents initial findings from the literature related to symptoms; from avoidance to an over reliance on digital tools and considers its causes, ranging from psycho-social, to technological. Fine art exercises have proven beneficial to its management, however further investigation is recommended to establish depth and enable a framework for its management within HE.

Design Education, Design Methodology, Design Method(S), Design Tools, Sketch Inhibition

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Lisa Thurlow , Peter Ford . "An Analysis of Sketch Inhibition within Contemporary Design Education." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.9 (2018) 2036 - 2046. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060923.