To help designers of all levels fine tune their sketching skills, Advanced Design Sketching (in partnership with Autodesk) will be hosting SQ1CON, a two-day conference specifically focused on design sketching. The Advanced Design Sketching organization began as a small summer workshop for a handful of design students, but the students and instructors agreed there should a next step. From there, SQ1CON was born. The event will be held in downtown Chicago at the Motorola Mobility HQ and UIC School of Design on October 6th and 7th.
The conference's name is right in line with the organization's mission to help teach the importance of design sketching in a collaborative environment. SQ1 refers to Square 1, a restarting phase designers are all too familiar with. Instead of only highlighting the beauty of a final sketch or design, Advanced Design Sketching hopes SQ1CON will help attendees embrace failure, encourage process and inspire creativity.
Sketching workshops will be lead by industry professionals, including our good friends Michael DiTullo and Spencer Nugent. During the workshops, you can expect to focus on:
Rapid Visualization, Visual Communication, Marker Rendering, Understanding Hierarchy, Product Relationship, Sketching Techniques, Speed, Sketch Notes and Storytelling
To get an idea of designers you can expect to interact with at the conference, we've pulled a few videos straight from the Advanced Design Sketching team. In the videos, each designer discusses their relationship with design sketching while showing off their sweet sketching skills:
Interested in attending SQ1CON? Learn more and purchase tickets here.