Both sketching and design emerged in the late medieval period, and this was no accident. From this period on, the trend was toward a separation of design from the process of making. With that came the need to find the means whereby the designer could explore and communicate ideas. Sketching as a distinct form of drawing provided such a vehicle. The chapter discusses about various sketches such as Taccola's sketches—the first examples of the use of sketching as a means of working through a design—sketching as an aid to thought. In this spirit, this chapter introduces a number of sketches that were generated in the course of realizing a product, in this case a time-trial racing bicycle designed for Lance Armstrong for the Tour de France. It is seen here that the visual vocabulary of all the figures is different, and it is important to keep in mind that these variations are not random. Rather, they are the consequences of matching the appropriate visual language to the intended purpose of the rendering.
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