With the rise of numerous gadgets and applications for vectoring, photo manipulations, 3D modelling and illustration, the old pencil and paper are least getting noticed, kept inside drawers and sometimes never used again. I remembered attending a graphic design convention where one of the speakers (from an animation studio) forgot what is that “writing instrument with graphite” called. Everyone laughed when the audience figured it out for him that he is referring to a “pencil”.
Every creative person and even those who are not into design work might have used a pencil or a pen and a paper at some point of their work process. But with the popularity of sketching applications on tablets and other devices, the traditional way of conceptualizing an idea on a piece of paper are replaced by virtual sketch pads and sticky notes.