This Tiny Tech Tool Is a Must-Have, Says a Designer

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Apple Pencil Tools of the Trade

Product: Amazon / Illustration: The Spruce

The world of home decor is vast, and we’re constantly amazed by the designers, creators, and creatives who cross our paths. In an effort to learn more about the innovative eyes behind the scenes, we’ve launched a series that explores the sanity-saving tools, products, and services that keep our favorite designers and decorators focused on the job at hand. Welcome to Tools of the Trade.

When it comes to interior design, Dawn Cook of BLDC Design is a master of blending new with old. Part of this might be from her home base of Shaker Heights—one of Ohio’s most historic neighborhoods. But, as she says in her bio, she "knows when to add drama and the moment to use restraint.”

It makes sense, then, that Cook’s pick for her must-have work accessory is something small and simple, but mightier than a sword.

Dawn Cook headshot

BLDC Design/Suzuran Photography

What item made your work life easier this week/month/lately? 

Dawn Cook: My Apple Pencil.

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

Courtesy of Apple

DC: We can quickly sketch out a custom design, concept detail, or adjustment on our iPad, or make notes and send them off to a client, tradesperson, or team member to keep items moving in real-time.

Where/how do you use this item most? 

DC: In the field.

How did you discover this item? 

DC: A new hire was using this technology. It was so efficient and meaningful that our whole team adopted it.

Will you use this item in the future? 

DC: 100%!

How has this item made your job easier? 

DC: Instead of translating from paper to pencil or waiting to get into CAD [design software] back at our desks, we can make quick notes and keep projects moving.

How might someone not in your line of work benefit from this item? 

DC: It’s an excellent tool for any creative field.

What, if anything, would you change about this item? 


DC: Nothing! I need more iPad cases that incorporate the pencil; I am constantly losing them in my work bag.

Are there any care/use tips someone considering this item should know about? 


DC: I lost a tip on a 5-hour flight and needed to work! Get extra tips, so if you lose one, you can easily replace it.