Computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD and Revit is likely the most common tool you’ll find in a designer’s digital toolbox these days. Building information modeling (BIM) software has revolutionized the construction industry by helping to improve accuracy, reduce costs, and even calculate a building’s energy performance.
But for all that technology offers, what have we lost in translation? According to architect Michael Graves, what’s vanished is the imaginative and emotional connection between humans and paper that results from hand sketching. In an article he penned for The New York Times, Graves insisted that architecture
cannot divorce itself from drawing, no matter how impressive the technology gets. Drawings are not just end products: they are part of the thought process of architectural design. Drawings express the interaction of our minds, eyes and hands.
Fortunately, as reported by Architect magazine, hand drawing is experiencing a revival, and new technology is helping to ensure it does.
Enter Morpholio Trace 2.0, an app that recreates the familiar yellow trace paper of old and re-imagines the designer’s portfolio as a design utility, moving it into the fast, flexible, at-your-fingertips device era. The software begins by transforming a user’s portfolio into a constantly versioning and customizable book of images. Capable of communicating with multiple devices, it organizes image collections in a comprehensible and accessible format that makes sharing and presenting work seamless and infinitely flexible.
If you love to sketch or want to rediscover it, here are 10 popular drawing apps available for the iPad.