Technical Illustrations provide a powerful form of communication, allowing both the technically and non-technically minded to appreciate and understand the basis of design. They present a realistic image prompting discussion of various aspects of the project, rather than a mere description of it. Illustrations play an important role throughout the project life-cycle: the proposal, feasibility study, conceptual design, public hearings, garnering support, preliminary design, funding and final design. Additionally, these illustrations become quite nostalgic once the project is completed and archived.
Familiarity with the Technical Illustration process enables us to produce images that not only meet our expectations, but accurately communicate our ideas. This is the first of a series of articles on Technical Illustrations that will provide a walk-through of the genre, its necessity in today’s industry, the variety it offers, and the tools with which to incorporate this technology into our everyday approach to securing new projects and planning those we may already manage.