Industrial designers are artists that design machines like cars, household appliances, electronics and toys. When designing a machine, these artists think carefully about form (how something looks) as well as function (how something works). Drawing a machine can help you understand how its form relates to its function.
Find a household machine to draw. Study it from all sides. Does the form change when it’s in use? Is one side more important than another side? How have its various parts been designed to work?
Draw two different views of the machine on a single sheet of paper, looking closely at all the different parts. You can even label the parts of your machine in your drawing. What did you learn about how this machine’s form relates to its function?
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Written by Karina Cavat
Front page image by Caterina Kenworthy
Prompt page image by Karina Cavat