• Fri RasyidiFri Rasyidi, 4 years ago

    Post-Its and Sharpies for me.

    I do have a Moleskin notebook I used to use, but I have the tendency to overthink when sketching on my notebook since it feels permanent. So I love Post-Its better where I can just throw off ones I didn't like.

    13 points
    • Ale UrrutiaAle Urrutia, 4 years ago

      Same here, post-undo syndrome. I have the feeling that on a notebook there's no way back so I often go for loose paper or post-its with an HB pencil or a pilot pen.

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  • Ed LyEd Ly, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    So many pens, so little time... Don't even get me started on paper. :)

    For quick sketches and general workhorse use, I love the Sharpie Ultra Fine Point retractable and cap'd versions in Red, Blue and Black. Pretty inexpensive and gets the job done.

    For more detailed sketches that require more layers of definition, I use Staedtler Pigment Liners and Triplus Fineliner (in assorted greys, silvers, greens, blues, and reds). Plus side for the Staedtlers is the color selection. I can get colors real close to most of the "official" app colors that we have defined as part of our UI color system. They also have a neat system to store and display your pens for easy selection....

    I avoid --Sakura Micron pens-- like the plague... every single one I've owned (had been using them since college) has exploded either in my pocket or all over my work during sketching. :(

    Was recently gifted a Copic color marker, which I'm loving way more than my old Prismacolors. Great for quickly laying down a blanket light-grey modal layer. :)

    Also very fond of Uni-ball Signos series gel pens in white and black... Used to sign and number posters with the white pen.

    I'll... just stop here for now... :)

    2 points
  • Jan SemlerJan Semler, 4 years ago

    I actually use my brain to memorize ecverything.

    2 points
    • Andy BrownAndy Brown, 4 years ago

      You may need to go back then and re-memorize how to spell "everything" :)

      2 points
      • Doug OrchardDoug Orchard, 4 years ago

        Dude! Not everyone speaks one language. This is troll behavior. Not nice.

        0 points
        • Andy BrownAndy Brown, 4 years ago

          It wasn't meant like that at all. A slightly cheeky reply to a slightly cheeky comment. My apologies if any offence was felt. It was meant purely as a light hearted joke.

          1 point
          • Doug OrchardDoug Orchard, 4 years ago

            I like designer news for the respect people have for each other, the community. Your comment came out as an attack on him personally. That's how I read it at least. We can joke, have fun. But sometimes even a smiley at the end doesn't change the tone.

            0 points
  • jj moijj moi, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    anything that i grab for free from the office. mostly loose letter size paper and a black ball pen. so i can sketch and crumble it and throw it away and never look back.

    2 points
  • Priyanka SharmaPriyanka Sharma, 4 years ago

    I use these on everyday basis - Fabriano Ecoqua Dot grid notebook in A4 - http://fabriano.com/en/267/ecoqua Sakura Pigma Microns in 6 sizes - https://www.pigmamicron.com/varieties/ Staedtler Graphite 777 mechanical pencil - https://www.staedtler.com/en/products/pencils-accessories/mechanical-pencils/graphite-777-mechanical-pencil/

    But I still have a huge collection of drawing papers and pencils/pens that I use for specific purposes.

    2 points
  • Tropical HoochTropical Hooch, 4 years ago

    Should designers sketch?

    1 point
  • Edgar Chaparro, 4 years ago

    baron fig confidant and Action method Dot Grid Book

    1 point
  • Adam CriggerAdam Crigger, 4 years ago

    Pilot Precise v5/v7 Pen, and one them pocket-sized squared Moleskine notebooks.

    1 point
  • Seth RichardsonSeth Richardson, 4 years ago

    Great question.

    For my pen, I go with the Fisher Space Pen Bullet. Check out how the matte black version wears out. matte black version

    I don't use a sketchbook because I add all of my design sketches to our project folders. So I made my own dot grid paper that looks professional so I feel great about turning it in with each project. And I like the extra space of a full sheet of paper because I have more room to explore ideas. Download a copy if you have the same need!

    0 points
  • Joseph PeartJoseph Peart, 4 years ago

    RHODIA grid notebook, 22.5 x 29.7cm Papermate Flair Medium + Fine Tip Pentel GraphGear 500 0.7 Polymer Eraser Tons of multi-colored sticky notes

    0 points
  • Brad BrooksBrad Brooks, 4 years ago

    Noodler's Ahab flex pen, Pigma Microns, Uni kuru toga 0.5mm mechanical pencil (HB or 2B Pentel Ain Stein leads, Pentel Blue leads), Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, Uniball Signo white gel pen, Fabel-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils and Seawhite of Brighton Eco sketchbooks. I've probably forgotten some stuff though.

    0 points
  • James Young, 4 years ago

    Whatever is lying around mostly.

    I found sketching on browser outlines from https://www.interfacesketch.com/ particularly useful when working with clients as it helps focus their minds on features - particularly on smaller screens as they often have little concept of how tight space can be.

    0 points
  • Chris CChris C, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Loose A4 paper mostly and a Moleskine Dot Grid for getting into more detailed thinking and sketching. I also solely use a Pentel Graph Gear 1000 and a .5 Black Micron.

    EDIT: Forgot to add that if I'm on the go I always have a mini Sharpie and a blank Field Notes on me

    0 points
  • Joseph CalvoJoseph Calvo, 4 years ago

    Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Grid Journal

    Franklin-Christoph Model Pocket 40 (inked with Sailor Jentle Apricot Ink)

    0 points
  • John MauroJohn Mauro, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )
    • Analog: stock paper or moleskin + paper mate flair
    • Digital: iPad with paper app by 53 or the goodnotes app + pencil by 53
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  • Colin KeanyColin Keany, 4 years ago


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  • AK SelbyAK Selby, 4 years ago

    Beinfang 9x12" sketchbook with a pack of Pilot G2s for note taking, BIC mechanical pencil for sketching, and Staedtler fineliner pens for inking/illustration.

    0 points
  • Sri KadimisettySri Kadimisetty, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Field Notes Notebooks and their ballpoint pen. I use their expedition series book as a catch all "everything book to carry along all the time. That and a few other project specific filled notes books that i stuff into the bag. Seems to do the trick.

    0 points
  • Lindsey AustinsonLindsey Austinson, 4 years ago

    I'm super in love with the Dotted Paper Gridbook (currently on my 3rd notebook!) and usually have a Pigma Micron 0.5 pen or a Poppin ballpoint on me.

    0 points
  • Chloe Parfitt, 4 years ago

    These dot grid books are great, I used the big one for a while then pared down my bag and started using the smaller one:


    I was using Pilot G-2 .07 pens for years before I got these notebooks and they didn't feel right to write with on the nicer paper so I ended up with the Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pen... the combination is a dream.

    Multicolor Pack: http://amzn.to/2geX2pc

    When I'm doing UX sketches I use a mechanical pencil found here: http://amzn.to/2fiDrCf

    0 points
  • Jonathan CunninghamJonathan Cunningham, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Rhodia DotPad N° 19

    A set of Caran d'Ache pencils and pens (0.7mm mechanical, FixPencil 77 & a ballpoint pen).

    0 points
  • Megan McNeice, 4 years ago

    I tend to use a variety of sketchbooks ranging from a Canson 8.5x11 all the way to a Moleskin or a Rhodia dot-grid book (fairly cheap). I tend to go for the smoother paper, but with enough weight I'm not going to wreck the back of the page with india ink.

    As far as pens go, I use microns, a portable little fountain pen with extra thin nib with universal ink cartridge replacements, or I just obtained a nylon brush pen that I'm loving and cannot read the name of (in Japanese).

    The Brush pen takes a lot of control, but it's well worth it once you begin using it (I also suggest buying replacement cartridges of ink in bulk if you plan on using it a lot. Same for the fountain pen.)

    0 points
  • Harouth Arthur MekhjianHarouth Arthur Mekhjian, 4 years ago

    I think I have a bit of a stationery addiction. Tend to make my own leather binders for refillable Paperchase notebooks (1 lined and 1 sketchbook) [http://imgur.com/a/OBDU4]

    Lamy Safari Fountain Pen for writing (https://www.lamy.com/eng/b2c/safari/017) Rotring Tikky Fineliner for sketching (http://www.rotring.com/uk/fineliner-pen/154-tikky-graphic-fineliner-3501170814734.html)

    ** Lamy AL-star Mechanical Pencil** https://www.lamy.com/eng/b2c/al_star/126_graphite5.6mm Lead Holderhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Mechanical-Lead-Holder-incl-Lead/dp/B00B0O39A8

    0 points
  • Arix KingArix King, 4 years ago

    Moleskine. Pilot Hi-Tec C .5mm.

    Best pen in the world.

    0 points
  • Xavier BertelsXavier Bertels, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )
    • Paper: anything I have at hand
    • Pen: Maxon Sketch liner 05. I discovered this recently on my trip to Japan and it is absolutely amazing – exceeds the quality of the Staedtler pigment liners I’ve been using the past ten years.
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  • Duke CavinskiDuke Cavinski, 4 years ago

    microns and any paper, though i gravitate towards legal pads.

    0 points
  • Pasquale D'SilvaPasquale D'Silva, 4 years ago

    Literally any paper stock, and a 2b pencil. Being precious about either isn't helpful.

    I go through ~100 sketchbooks a year.

    0 points
  • Trev MorrisTrev Morris, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    We were getting tired of restocking with expensive sketchbooks so decided to get our own created. Had control over the stock, size, pattern etc.. best decision we've made and the psychology of it all has changed the usage, we're burning through them (almost literally). Pen: personal preference; muji 0.5 black or Paper Mate Flair M.

    100 Shapes Sketchbooks

    0 points
  • Account deleted 4 years ago

    Printer paper and pencil. I usually whip up some sort of grid or thumbnail boxes as guides then print like 5 pages

    0 points
  • Andu PotoracAndu Potorac, 4 years ago

    I use the back side of already printed papers, that were supposed to go to garbage. And it works perfectly fine.

    0 points
  • Ryan MurphyRyan Murphy, 4 years ago

    I use some cheap (but nice) notepads from Tiger, 3 for £1. 1 per project. For scribbles I use 02,04,08 Microns.

    0 points
  • Andrea PeratoAndrea Perato, 4 years ago

    I love dotgrid paper but in Italy is pretty hard to find this kind of notebooks so I started a my own project. All hand made in Milano.

    Youcan find it at http://dotnotes.club/

    Tell me what you think ❤︎

    0 points
  • Beni GartenmannBeni Gartenmann, 4 years ago

    Whenever possible I use a digital solution, for the last couple years it's been Paper by FiftyThree with Pencil by FiftyThree - https://www.fiftythree.com When working directly with clients or a digital solution is not appropriate I tend to use whatever is available, Post-Its, loose paper, sharpies, pencils...

    0 points
  • Alexander ObenauerAlexander Obenauer, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Love Whitelines.

    I use wire, squared.

    0 points
  • Rhys MerrittRhys Merritt, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    I stick with basic pencils and pens - https://uniball.co.uk/eye-fine-ub-157/http://palominobrands.com/blackwing/

    I was using a dotgrid.co template book for a while http://www.dotgrid.co/product/dot-grid-template-book/

    But recently I've started using something less 'permanent' - which has encouraged me to sketch out more creative ideas because I'm not fussed about messing up my lovely dotgrid book. I couldn't recommend these enough!

    Printable sheets of dotgrid templates - http://www.sneakpeekit.com

    0 points
  • Dan WilkinsonDan Wilkinson, 4 years ago

    Moleskine fo' life, yo!

    0 points
  • BAKA .kidBAKA .kid, 4 years ago

    i either have a custom printed dot grid notebook, or a small cheap notebook with me, and a pocketful of tools.. mechanical pencils, sharpies and a brush pen.. (i mainly use this stuff for illustration)

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