Designer life before AutoCAD


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Ollie Knight

Beer fanatic. Total student. Travel lover. Reader. Coffee aficionado. Creator.

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  1. Before becoming a project engineer 51 years ago, my father worked as a draughtsman. Fortunately, we’d moved on to AutoCAD by the time I started working at the same company 25 years ago. I now work for our company in the Offshore Oil & Gas sector, and it’s cool to see his hand-drawn deluge pipe layouts.

  2. Around 5 years ago, at my first job in an architecture company, there was this older gentleman who would come over to my desk, pull his leg up on the table, and lean in to look at my computer screen. We used to tease him about it, but now it makes sense! He couldn’t seem to get away from his heyday as a hand drafter, haha.

  3. My first job was in machine drafting. My boss always said it’s a lot more laid-back these days. “Back then, it was always ‘assholes and elbows,'” he’d say. I asked him what that word meant, and this is how he explained it to me. Someone was slacking if the boss didn’t notice assholes and elbows.

  4. These kinds of images fascinate me, but they also irritate me. There are about 100 people in the room, and a team of five with 3D CAD will take over not only the drafting but also the engineering work. Why have salaries remained stagnant for the past 30 years, despite the fact that productivity has soared thanks to technological advancements?

  5. The big draw here, in my opinion, is the generous amount of room between draftsmen. I fantasize about having this much space and diffuse lighting.

  6. My father is now a partner in two companies and always draws his plans by hand. They’re both completely beautiful works of art.

    His staff, on the other hand, use AutoCAD.

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