Ink and Pixels

Embracing the Synergy of Hand Drafting and Digital Tools in Design Practice

Jonnel Mamauag
3 min readOct 19, 2023

The enduring value of hand drafting and how it can be harmoniously integrated with digital tools in modern design practice

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In the ever-evolving world of architecture and design, the shift toward digital tools and software has been nothing short of transformative. Architects and designers now rely heavily on computer-aided design (CAD) software, 3D modeling programs, and a plethora of digital tools to conceptualize, draft, and refine their projects. These technological advancements have undeniably streamlined the design process, making it more efficient and precise. However, in this digital age, it’s crucial to remember that the importance of hand drafting remains as relevant as ever.

The choice between ink and pixels is not about one versus the other but about their harmonious coexistence

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The Timeless Art of Hand Drafting

Hand drafting, with its tactile connection between the designer and the medium, has a storied history in the field of architecture and design. It’s a process that involves the creation…

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Jonnel Mamauag

I draw and design often. I write sometimes. Both for Architecture. See my work on www.metropolitan.design