Dear millennial designer (Now you know who you are): If you have not read the prequel, you should. Apparently, I woke the geriatric ward up when I published the previous post and my fellow designers were swept in a tsunami of nostalgia. All the design tools in this post are their suggestions and I thank them for their help.
It is not: weaving through government offices in search of your property tax receipt.
It actually is: a sheet of paper that is translucent enough to overlay and trace an artwork beneath. Graphic designers used these to iterate their designs, to make an approximate copy of a drawing or to overlay on production-ready photo-mechanical artworks to write instructions. At the design school, tracing paper varied in quality based on when the money came from home to month-end poverty.
It is not: Klan propaganda.
It actually is: a special bottle of thick water soluble white paint that was used to correct photo-mechanical artworks before reproduction. In simple terms it is like using the correction whitener before photocopy (I think designers from my time know that when I use irreverent parallels like this, puppies die).
It is not: a Mr.Q invention that helps James Bond shoot projectiles from his pocket.
It actually is: a mechanical pen used to draw clean and even lines using paint, also known by its less violent name – ruling pen.
It is not: an antithesis of a heavy table.
It actually is: a table with a frosted glass top and lights fitted underneath for accurate manual tracing of drawings and sketches. So you sit on a chair next to this glowing altar (typically for hours) and overlay a plain sheet of paper over an artwork to diligently trace. It is meditative. If you are feeling spiritual about this as I am, you can make one like in the video below.
This is the new instalment of relics from the past. I also discovered that there is an entire show on graphic design nostalgia waiting to hit Netflix in 2018. Watch the trailer below.