The manual drafting process was an open & visible process whereby knowledge & ideas were shared on the desktop. It was also an exercise in commitment & responsibility – when pen was put to paper a considered thought process resulted in a commitment to semi-permanency on paper (there was no “undo” button). Also encompassing this process was an obvious visual connection with the final graphic product – this is where CAD technology is letting us down. It is now too easy to press buttons and draw anything on the right layers, colours etc, but the intuitive thought process & connection with the final output / result is not there.
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