When it’s time to prototype your new idea, you may want to hold off on firing up Photoshop right away. Over at Smashing Magazine, author Laura Busche highlights the benefits of hand sketching as opposed to digital sketching:
Extends memory: “The better you become at translating imagery from your mind to paper, the more visual resources you will have to draw on and the easier it will be to retrieve them in the future.”
Aids concentration: “Sketching stimulates us to a comfortable level — enough to keep us awake, concentrated and engaged… Some believe that we reach deeper levels of concentration and develop richer concepts when our own hands are the hardware.”
Allows for flexibility: “Because of our brain’s limited processing capacity, externalizing our ideas on paper makes it easier to restructure them, transforming the initial structure into a new one.”
As technology advances, it will become easier to directly translate our ideas from our mind to the computer. However, approaching a problem hands on will always provide advantages. Remember to work with all the tools at your disposal – including your own two hands.