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I’ve always admired the elegant precision of architectural drawings, such as the 1905 renderings of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Yet I’m more intrigued by goofy pencil sketches, such as Charles E. Brannock’s drawing of the “Brannock Device,” that sliding metal thing used to measure your feet when you got new shoes as a kid. Both can be appreciated at “Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Industrial Drawings From the Smithsonian,” currently showing at the Octagon Museum. The drawings on view are veritable EKGs of designers’ thought processes as they turn brainstorms into tangible objects, exemplified by Orla E. Watson’s drafts for the telescoping shopping cart. His initial sketch looks like a pair of staples; a later, refined ink drawing shows how the carts nest for condensed storage at the supermarket. Exquisite draftsmanship meets everyday object in a 1938 patent drawing for a Maidenform bra; every little hook and strap is delineated and numbered, elevating lingerie design to engineering. The show is on view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (to April 30; see City List for other dates) at the Octagon Museum, 1799 New York Ave. NW. $5. (202) 638-3221. (Hetty Lipscomb)