Daniel Benneworth-Gray enters a brave new world of design

After being given a shove via strangers on the internet, our design correspondent embarks on designing via tablet and uncovers a host of delights

Illustration: Daniel Benneworth-Gray

Day one. Rectangular, black, featureless, save for a few subtle buttons and a touch-wheel thingy. Like the result of some dreadful union between iPod and Monolith. Along one side of this slab, a single word: Wacom.

I recently asked around if other designers were using graphic tablets for their work. A fairly innocuous question, I thought, but I was immediately met with a barrage of horrified responses: “You’re not using one already!?” Somehow, this apparently essential bit of kit has eluded me for years. 

At some point I found an agreeable software/hardware combination that worked for me, and at some unknown later point, I became set in my ways. But now some brusque strangers on the internet have shamed me into needing one, so here we are, and here it is.

JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Milton Keynes