Placemaking is the art of planning and building great public spaces. In this edition of KlikNotes, I want to take you behind the scenes and share 6 essential tools that help planners design the places we like to visit. Remember, these are the basics, so let's get started.
4. Tracing Markers
Markers are indispensable and the following are good for site planning. Once you’ve traced or drawn a concept, it’s a good idea to ink it. Sharpie pens are really good for this and you should use fine point and extra fine point Sharpies for drawing parking lots, sidewalks and other site work.
Because you want to show a hierarchy of lines in your drawing to help the reader differentiate between a road line and a building line, it’s a good idea to ink building edges using a thicker point. I mainly use the Pilot Bravo for this job, which has a real thick point and deep black color for the building edge.
Sometimes, depending on the project, I use the Pentel Sign Pen or the Pentel SES15N for the same job (I also think the type of trace paper influences which of these I use). Those also produce thicker lines for tracing a sketch.