SCHENK, P.M., 1997. An analysis of the changing role of drawing in the graphic design process since the mid-eighties, with particular regard to the impact of technological change. IDATER 1997 Conference, Loughborough: Loughborough University
An investigation is currently being conducted to analyse the shift in the pattern of drawing usage in the work of graphic designers in the UK over the period from 1988. During this time computer aided systems have become commonplace in most design consultancies and the work of graphic designers has been extended to include design for multimedia and internet applications.
The study uses the findings accruing from an extensive survey of drawing practices completed in 1988 to act as a set of bench marks determining typical contributions of drawing activities to the design process. The new work includes a series of structured interviews involving the re-visiting of a sample of the respondents from the original study and additional respondents representing both designers and students working within a digital environment. A comparative analysis of designers' drawings produced in the mid-eighties with examples from the mid-nineties is also being conducted, and the implications for the curriculum development of graphic design and multimedia courses is being considered.