Together, the contributions in this compact volume focus some ideas about drawing into an assertive declaration on the material thinking and sense-making importance of drawing as a research approach. Because of the complex nature of drawing activity and its wide applications, the value of drawing as a research method has only recently been acknowledged. This has resulted in fruitful and profound discussions, that are taking place currently both inside the art and design academic community as well as outside in the wider scientific communities. In a time when academic quality assessment regimes, technological advances, and pedagogical shifts threaten this traditional mode of discovery, some researchers are demonstrating the contemporary significance of drawing as a research tool. Together, the editorial text and papers form a sustained, sequential development of the theme, but each can also function discretely.