• Readers’ Question Answered: What Is Yellowtrace?


    Posted on 30th January, by Dana Tomić Hughes in personal, stories on design. 4 Comments


    A few of my readers have asked me about the significance of the name “yellowtrace” and where it came from, so I thought it would be worth while writing a little post about it.

    Yellowtrace is a soft tone transparent sketch paper ideal for overlaying, concept drawings and sketches, preliminary layouts and studies for final renderings. The paper responds beautifully to ink, charcoal, chalk or felt tip pens and markers and it is commonly used by designers, architects, engineers, illustrators and the like. I go through kilometers of yellowtrace when starting any project – it is where most of my ideas and concepts are born before they are developed into final designs and built forms. So you see, Husband and I thought it was a very fitting name to choose for a design practice and a design blog.


    Everything begins as an idea, and all ideas, irrespective of their size or complexity, are created and developed on yellowtrace…

    Apart from being an invaluable design tool, yellowtrace has many other unofficial uses. I quite like to use it as wrapping paper as per Exhibit A. It’s a perfect shade of yellow – just add fun stickers…

    …and some ribbon…

    … and voila!

    x dana


    [All images © yellowtrace.]





  • 4 Responses to “Readers’ Question Answered: What Is Yellowtrace?”

    1. [...] pictures and inspiration from Sydney interior designer Dana. Go raid the archives and find out why it’s called [...]

    2. Clever name! – funny, Living in canada we don’t have yellow trace, its always white =) kind of like the hit of colour!

    3. James Bailey says:

      OMG, I love this. As I was reading I thought, “This could also be used as some sort of wrapping or flame for a gift bag”, and there it was – you had said it! The stickers just took the presentation to a whole-nother-level! = D

      Amazing! <3

    4. [...] other people’s sketches. To me they are pure gold. Are you the same, or is it just me and my Yellowtrace ways…? Anyway, let’s get into this project [...]



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