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It’s 4:58 am and I can’t sleep. I guess I am still a bit Jetlagged after my 28 hours journey door to door from France to Singapore. I was in bed with my mind fully awake thinking about writing to guys. And I remembered something when I was at school, there was an interesting debate about:…

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Should I start learning to sketch on paper or Ipad Pro? | TIP 185


Hello from Paris Airport! It’s 6.19am, and I am waiting for my flight to Singapore with a transit at Ryhad. Today I wanna share with you a question I received from Yanik, who left a message on one of my video tutorial on Youtube. Oh, I will keep you updated about the preparation of the online…

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7 ways to build confidence in yourself as a designer


Hey guys!! I have been travelling these last 3 weeks in France, Boston and New York visiting family. Today, I am pretty excited to share with you something only a few know about. I tell you more at the end of this article! 🙂 But first, the topic of the day is something that matter more than anything: it’s self-confidence.…

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12 tips to progress faster as a student designer

12 Tips to progress faster at your design school - The design sketchbook - product and industrial design sketching tutorial blog

  Erwan who is an upcoming student product designer, has just send me an email. He’s from France, 20 years old and will join soon the ISD Rubika design school at Valencienne (in France). How to start in great condition and progress fast? Hey Erwan, Your question is pretty interesting as it’s a sign that you are proactive, which…

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Was it difficult to become a Footwear designer? – Interview with Mr Bailey – Concept Kicks

Was it difficult to become a Footwear designer- – Interview with Mr Bailey – Concept Kicks - The design sketchbook - industrial and product design sketching tutorials

Today, is meaningful to me. I am interviewing Mr Bailey, founder of ConceptkicksLab, a Footwear design and Development agency – and also Concept Kicks, a blog of reference about sneaker design. When I was student Mr Bailey published (still) awesome sketches from sneaker designers on his blog. It was a huge influence for me to become a Footwear…

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“I’ve no Design degree. I followed my passion and vision.” – Marc, a toy sculptor – Coarse

INTER VIEW WITH MARC, COARSE A TOY SCULPTOR - The design sketchbook - industrial and product design sketching tutorial (1)

Hi guys, Today I have just met an amazing Toy artist in Bangkok! I though it would be great to share our meeting with you. If you love art toys, you might have heard about him: he’s Marc from the duet Marc & Sven from COARSE. I took the opportunity to have a chat with him…

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How to succeed making ugly doodles! | TIP 174

TIP 174 How to succeed making ugly doodles - The design sketchbook - Product design and industrial design sketching tutorial

Hey guys! How are you today? I just went back from my Calystehnic class. (If you may wonder what is it about, it’s also called Street workout or Gym using bodyweight.) It’s now resting time, and I take a “few” minute to write this article. Sketching in the rush!! The sketch below is what I drew…

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Art books are my Red bull. My energy boost generator!

TIP 171 Art books are my red bull, my energy boost generator. The design sketchbook - Product and Industrial design sketching tutorial

I went to the famous book shop in Singapore: Kinokuniya. They have a huge Art & Design corner where you find books about Product design, architecture, fashion, packaging, tatoo, figure drawing, calligraphy… It’s a paradise of learning content and inspiration. But, Did you know there is an other corner that most people ignore ? It’s…

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“True inspiration comes from life. Real life. Not a pixelated version of it.” – Sir John Hegarty

Bee in Thailand Pai

“Remove the headphones and unplug the computer. True inspiration comes from life. Real life. Not some pixelated version of it.” – Sir John Hegarty Anything you see on Internet are flat pictures – but no experience. So you are somehow missing of the “real feel”. What you see on the screen is a biased version…

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Doodle on receipts at Starbucks | TIP 167

TIP 167 At Starbucks doodle on receipts - the design sketchbook - design sketching tutorial

My girlfriend and I went to Starbuck last Tuesday. She likes to go there to work without distraction. So I was pretty much bored. I took a pen and draw on her receipt what I saw around me. Basically, the shop Nubox and Subway. What I like with doodling on receipt is that you do…

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Don’t look for perfection but for your 1000 mistakes | Kimon Nicolaides

TIP 163 Don’t look for perfection but for your 1000 mistakes - Kimon Nicolaides - The design sketchbook (2)

Learning how to sketch is about making iteration. We try, we do mistake, we adjust… we retry… and so on. That’s how we keep learning and get better at anything. If you want to learn violon, you have to try, explore and train your ears. So you will fine tune. Same for drawing. I was reading…

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Tips on How to deal with suppliers (Carpenter) in Asia?


I share with you my meeting with few Thai wood carver in Bangkok. I hope giving you some TIPS to help you working with suppliers in Asia in general. I actually had similar experience with Chinese suppliers when I used to work there for the shoe industry. In Design school, We learn to draw and create…

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Don’t trust your first idea. You can create more than that!


I am now in the flight from Singapore to Bangkok. No movie to watch. Let me share with you a story from when my friends and I was student in design school. Our teachers told us often: “Do not stop at your first idea.” As a young student, it was tough to find ideas that…

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Anybody can sketch. Quick test in 4 steps.

TIP 160 Anybody can sketch. 4 steps test. The design sketchbook - Product and Industrial design sketching tutorial

I’ve just went to the money changer of Raffles place (in Singapore) to get some Thai Baht as I am flying to Bangkok tomorrow! 🙂 This afternoon, I stop for a while at a cafe Paul to sketch. I am preparing the next week course of [Sketch like the Pros]. I’ve just took a picture…

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Before / After 3 months of [Sketch like the Pros] | Lucas Hippolyte, 15 yo | Big progression


May I share with you few pictures of the youngest student at my program I give: [Sketch like the Pros]. As I am going to reopening the registration soon, I thought it would be good to show you a real example that anybody can sketch. If you want to make progress, you CAN’T just keep practicing everyday.…

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