Drawing for Clients

Our office uses a range of tools to communicate designs: technical drawings (colloquially “blueprints”) are the document we spend the most time with – but these are not particularly client-friendly documents.

As an office, we listen to and observe our clients’ reactions to how we present ideas so that we make sure we’re communicating visual information in a clear and accessible way. This can take the form of photo-realistic collages, carefully constructed 3D renderings with exact materials rendered, and virtual models which can be walked through. All have their place as means of communicating a design.

Among the most valuable design communication tools is the hand sketch. From a quick doodle done on the fly in the margins of a meeting agenda to a careful pen and marker or watercolor rendering, a quick sketch takes a few minutes to communicate volumes to a client, contractor or team member. These drawings are incredibly important in describing the scope of work to builders and other team members.

Below are examples of the progression of visualizations for a home renovation with additions in the historic preservation district of Bellport, New York. A photograph captures our first visit to the home, followed by an initial concept sketch, then a more photo-real collage, and finally a technical drawing.

Client home in Bellport, NY.
Photograph of client home taken at our initial visit.
Initial sketch of client's home with renovation and additions.
Doodle of ideas, done on the fly.
Detailed rendering of client's home.
Detailed rendering.
Technical drawing of client's home.
Technical drawing.