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How To Choose A Drawing Board – The Graphics Direct Guide
‘A tradesman is only as good as his tools,’ this age old saying could never be truer than when it comes to choosing and using a drawing board.
By: Top Position
Despite the prevalence of computer aided drafting, many graphic designers, artists, architects and structural designers still prefer paper and pencil graphics produced on the traditional drawing board. Work produced on a drawing board cannot easily be reproduced or manipulated in the way electronic documents can, therefore a drawing board affords original work some degree of copyright protection. Such an investment deserves to be cared for and protected, making the selection of a board a significant decision with long-term consequences.
Advising thousands of designers each year, Graphics Direct’s top tip when it comes to choosing a drawing board is to consider the space available to you. While a floor standing board is the best choice if you have room to accommodate it, a desk mounted product is advisable if space is at a premium.
To some extent, height and degree of rotation will also be dictated by the size of the design studio and whether or not the board will need to be moved from place to place. Students who may use their new drawing board at home as well as in class will need a less bulky board of robust design to enable easy transportation from home to college.
For comfort, it’s also important to consider the degree of rotation the board is capable of. While some sit or stand flat, others can be manipulated to 45 degrees. Chris Booth, managing director of Graphics Direct said, “The style of board you choose is a very personal option as your working style and work environment will all play a role. The price will vary according to the thickness of the board and the brand manufacturer.”
Beginning with the affordable Blundell Harling, Bieffe Neolt and Rotring models through to the respected Orchard brand of desktop and freestanding products, Graphics Direct have dozens of models of drawing boards to suit all budgets and requirements.
Find out more: www.GraphicsDirect.co.uk or Tel: Tel: 01423 865556.
Editor’s Note: Graphics Direct is represented by online advertising consultancy, Top Position. Please direct all media questions including high resolution image requests to Rebecca Appleton. Email: Rebecca@topposition.co.uk or Tel: 0800 094 9001