A Thousand Words or More?

Ever seen technical drawings you just couldn’t make any sense of, even though you know very well what they were supposed to show? Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes a thousand words can’t repair the damage done by a bad drawing.

Why do some drawings communicate directly and simply while others just look like a thrown-together set of boxes and lines? Perhaps the first rule in improving technical drawings is to care. Next, consider the message, purpose and audience for a picture. Next, which details make a drawing convincing and which stand in the way of reading? Whether it’s a nice font, balanced colours or straight lines, these details make a difference. And finally, practice. Practice a lot. It is difficult to produce a perfect drawing, whether drawn freehand or with a tool, but there is always scope for better.

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