One of the many things I do is teach computer graphics courses at a local university. When I pass around the attendance sheet, many of the students ask to borrow a pen or pencil. They’ve become so reliant on electronic technology that they don’t bring any writing utensil with them. One of the most important things an artist can do is sketch and that also applies to art directors and graphic designers. The sketch allows us to work up ideas quickly, test possible layouts, and capture inspiration as it appears.
Now you can say that you can do all that with a laptop, or an iPhone, and now the iPad. That’s all well and good, but you can’t sign the attendance sheet with any of them.