Design as the art of drawing

Multi-bit images, 3D visualization, hours of drawing, downloading decors, and renderings. Does it sound like a result of innovation within modern society? It is, and this is the daily routine of designers around the world. They are looking for ever better software for the most realistic presentation of their work. But what if they are the best instrument themselves? Rather, for the young student of housing design Barbora Lhotakova from Maribor’s Habitat studio, this is more of a music of the past. She also tries to free herself from the computer, unlike most of her peers, and to cope without it.

People think that the work of a designer is varied, playful and creative, and that long hours behind the computer definitely do not belong to that idea. Do you know that drawing a new design can take two hours, while creating the same design on a computer can take up to four times longer? When you take a pencil instead of a mouse, you save your time, money, and your health. Another benefit of these type of designs is the immediate flexibility of the designer, who can outline the interior design for the client during the meeting and fine-tune the exact appearance on the spot. Such a design is personal and always absolutely original.

“There is no reason to be a stubborn opponent of technology, and I am writing my bachelor thesis on a computer, and it was also possible to do my thesis research only using my laptop and Internet connection. But I think it is very important for my generation of designers to realize that this is not the only way. In the future, there will be real competition, and one who can do without a mouse and screen will have a huge advantage.”

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You can use this technique not only in interior design but also in graphic design. Bara was approached by Seco Industries to try to design a new look for their garden tractors. The company was looking for something new and original and was not afraid to experiment. The student provided hand-made designs that were several times cheaper than the graphics studio, where a team of people would work on them. Although this project has not been fulfilled, Bara has been given a number of opportunities and confirmed that hand drawings are slowly returning to play.

She presented her study of preferences for drafts in visualization as part of the Interiors 2018 workshop, which was also attended by Technistone. Bara later shared her knowledge in the presentation of the Technistone tour “Not only about stone in architecture”, which took place in Košice.

“We enjoy working with young people. It always brings many new inspirational stories. We at Technistone are very pleased to be able to give new talent the opportunity to present their work on the domestic and foreign markets. Bara’s approach to interior design is unique and her work only confirms it. Combining her Livingroom wall design with the new Crystal Calacatta is another fresh and fun result of our collaboration,” said Andrea Freislebenova from Technistone.

“Technology should serve us, but we should be able to do without it,” Bara adds. It is time for other designers to take this motto onboard and take the design effort literally into their own hands. Starting next year, Bara will pass on her experience to the pupils of VOŠ Volyně in the subject of Drawing Interior Design.