Design Stationary list for students?


Hi everyone,
What stationary does your school request Design Students to supply?
What does your school supply?
Thanks for your insights.
Kind regards,
Ben Webb


Hi Ben, We try to keep costs down so only ask students to purchase 0.6 artliner, 0.4 artliner, pencils and sketch book


Brilliant, thanks for this.


Hey Ben,
We supply students with pens and copic markers but are looking at requesting A3 visual diaries


A quick industrial design perspective here: we require our students to sketch on A3 too and recommend they use bond paper. For our purposes the ‘visual diaries’ available everywhere are affordable and tough but they use cartridge paper which I find less than ideal for marker sketching mainly because it’s too thick for easy trace iteration (tracing over previous design sketches to explore variations) and the bound pages make this impossible too.

Some students buy blocks of A4 bond paper sketchpads (50 sheets) but the cheapest approach is to buy a block of A3 copy paper and use it loose-leaf. Students keep their pages together with a couple of bulldog clips. This makes it easy to:

  • use as many pages as needed for the project
  • trace over previous sketches
  • pin up individual pages for discussion

Mostly we expect students to start a new ‘book’ for each project which just means some new bulldog clips and no wasted blank pages.

That’s just us though—your needs may vary.


Hey there Ben
Where did you get the Copic markers? Has anyone had experience with the ShiHan touch markers? They are so much cheaper then Copic and I believe can be refilled.


I haven’t tried ShiHan markers (or ChartPak for that matter) so I’d be interested in hearing people’s experiences of them.

I think the effectiveness of markers depends on the type of ink used—alcohol-based markers dry quickly and won’t wrinkle or tear the page the way water-based markers do.

Long-term cost effectiveness is influenced by the availability and cost of refill inks. If you’re doing a lot of sketching those inks pay for themselves.

One last thought—if you’re doing rendering and illustration then you probably need a wide range of colours. That’s not necessary for design ideation sketching—just one or two greys will take you a long way in terms of the design process and design development.


Thanks Andrew. At the moment I’m going to just get a class set of warm and cool grays. Just the lighter colours for now. I’m hoping as students ‘own’ the subject a bit more they may invest in some of their own pens.

Thank you