100 Sketches in 2 days

As a UX designer, it's important to be able to communicate your ideas visually. Developing this skill takes time, effort, and an acute awareness of interactions among people, objects, and the environment.

I like to learn fast and slow, immersing myself in an experience for an intense period of time then  stepping back and to reflect on my what I learned. Last week I challenged myself to take a deep-dive into visual communication -- 100 sketches in 2 days. I was curious to see what patterns might emerge and how I might have developed as a visual communicator. 

Using 3x5 inch cards, Sharpies, and a grey marker, I sketched what was around me. My walk home from work, people on the street, and ordinary objects. I captured people, things, contexts, spaces, and flows. 

Below are 10 of my 100 sketches.

From my dining room table

From my dining room table

Across the table from this.

Across the table from this.

Walking on Valencia Street

Walking on Valencia Street

Tossing out old ideas

Tossing out old ideas

Homemade vegetable smoothy

Homemade vegetable smoothy

Waiting at the bus stop

Waiting at the bus stop

Pigeons in the park

Pigeons in the park

Trash near the Embarcadero

Trash near the Embarcadero

My backyard

My backyard

Cat in Noe Valley

Cat in Noe Valley