Fieldnotes for Design

Fieldnotes encompass more than drawing, and as we use fieldnotes ourselves, our understanding of what they are and how others might use this method, develops.

We start our series of Fieldnotes for Design with drawing & sketching. Further editions explore mapping, writing, data collecting, sound recording and the field itself. Fieldnotes for Design Volume 1: On drawing and sketching has been self-published in a small run.

Our approach is poetic; it relies on unexpectedness, happenstance, gesturing and evoking, rather than pointing and telling. We expect our readers to skip, dip, sigh, tut, smile, shuffle skim, muse and shift between our pages, producing a cacophony of responses.

Porro Lines (Naho Matsuda, Jules Sprake, Charis Poon) have been drawing since Spring 2020 together. We are developing a methodology on the practice of fieldnotes. A practice that investigates our urban environments in ways that are useful for design.

You can view Fieldnotes for Design Volume 1: On drawing and sketching in full here.