“You forgot your sketchbook? What’s that? Some kind of laptop?”
I was in a full panic.
I got to the hotel when realized I left my sketchbook in the cab. I was freaking out. I called the cab company and explained, with a mounting sense of urgency, what happened.
“No, it’s a notebook with good paper. I sketch in it. You know, with a pen.”
“Why don’t you just use an iPad?”
“But I like to draw. I like the feel of the paper and it never runs out of batteries”
“Whatever. I’ve got a great sketching app on my iPad. Plus like a thousand games. And I can read the newspaper. And check my email…”
He spent the next couple of minutes listing all the things he does with his iPad. Knowing I wasn’t going to convince this guy of the merits of sketching, I clenched my teeth and patiently listened until finally, he told me they found it.
“Yeah, buddy, we’ve got your book. You sure you want this thing? It looks pretty nasty. It’s probably not worth much anymore.”
I’d been carrying around this sketchbook for a while and it had only a couple of blank pages left. This meant two things: one, it was in fact looking pretty nasty looking and two, it was chock full of my ideas, notes and sketches from the last few months. It wouldn’t be worth much of anyone else, but to me, it was priceless.
In his articles for ArchSmarter, Michael Kilkelly comes across as something of a technophile: some of his favorite topics include Revit macros, coding, Excel, automation and… Moleskine? In this article, originally published on ArchSmarter as "Why I Still Use a Sketchbook," Kilkelly explains why despite all the technology, sketchbooks remain one of the most important tools at his disposal.
Why I Still Use a Sketchbook
Despite my love of digital technology, there are…
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