How to Sketch Like an Industrial Designer

Julia Troy, Design Director

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7 Videos (33m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Assignment

    • Storytelling

    • Laying Out Your Sketch

    • Defining and Refining

    • Adding Color and Depth

    • Submitting to Quirky


About This Class

Julia Troy, Quirky's Design Director, teaches you how to take your product idea from an image in your head to a presentation-worthy sketch that effectively communicates your invention and its purpose.

Quirky is an invention platform that brings real people’s product ideas to life. In this class, you’ll learn about the skills behind product sketching and how to convey an idea’s details, features, and functions on a single sheet of paper. Sketching is one of the easiest and most effective ways to communicate your invention idea. Once you’ve mastered this skill, you’ll be one step closer to submitting your idea on

Whether you're a beginner or an expert designer, this class is for you. All you need is an idea and a problem to solve.

Quirky is a New York City-based invention company. Ordinary people with extraordinary imaginations submit ideas to Quirky every day. To take the best of those ideas from sketchbook to store shelves, in-house designers and engineers collaborate with an online community on nearly every aspect of development. When a product is sold, Quirky shares a cut of the revenue with all those who had an impact.

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Julia Troy

Design Director

Julia is an industrial designer at whose main objective is finding creative solutions for consumers in order to enhance their every day lives. She is obsessed with pushing the boundaries of the physical with innovative aesthetic solutions in all her designs. Born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design, Julia eventually moved from the Midwest to Connecticut to work for the product design consultancy Evo Design where she worked on projects for leading brands such as Converse, Cannondale, Waring, Le Creuset, Rubbermaid, and Hasbro. She later worked at Fahrenheit 212 where her passion for design-driven innovation, fused with her interests in consumer interaction and product aesthetic were just the spark she was looking for as a designer. She also helped run a photography and creative studio located in Chelsea. When Julia isn't at work, she is in search of her new favorite restaurant or feeding her movie obsession. She is a huge useless fact fanatic, enjoys traveling, and thinks Pugs are the best dog breed in the world.