Sketch-Book: process


The objective of this project was to explore how narratives play a role in helping designers communicate. We were to create a sketch-book with Ideas that are communicated and supported with a variety of visual (and non-visual) strategies, methods, and styles.



For my research I looked up different binding methods on Pinterest. The problem that I am trying to solve is sketch-books being reusable instead of throwing them away when all the pages are full. I found one binding method that would allow you to detach the binding so that you could add more pages.

Exercise 1

For exercise 1 we created mini sketch-books and made a mind map to get us thinking. I didn’t have a precise method to create my mini sketch-book. I took paper and folded it even and cut the sides then took the scraps to create a “string” to hold the paper together.


I did some mind mapping to help make decisions on how to construct my sketch-book.









I utilized my cricut machine for most of this project. I cut out vinyl paper and textured card stock. Adding the vinyl paper made the card stock more bendable.







Leather patches for binding.








Velcro to make the sketchbook detachable so you can add more paper

I utilized the sewing machine in Hayes to sew the leather patches together. I then sewed the leather patches into the front and back cover.
I added cotton chording on top of the stitches using super glue








Cut out letters for the cover
First page of sketch-book










What I enjoyed most about this project is how much freedom we had to make any kind of sketch-book we wanted for ourselves. One challenge that I was faced with was with the binding. I didn’t understand how it was gonna be able to function until I started prototyping. If I were to make any adjustments to my sketch-book, I would have thought of a different way of adding words to my cover. I originally wanted to raster words into my front cover but due to laser cutting availability I had to cut out letters from paper using the cricut machine.