Graphics pads are a much more recent piece of equipment used within the design that could be considered a form of digital media.
Graphics pads are a computer input device that enables a user to hand-draw images, animations and graphics, with a special pen-like stylus, similar to the way a person draws images with a pencil and paper. These tablets may also be used to capture data or handwritten signatures. It can also be used to trace an image from a piece of paper which is taped or otherwise secured to the tablet surface.(1)
Graphics tablets are commonly used by many designers to create hand-drawn pieces of illustration with the editable power of a digital plane. Many people, whether professional designers, or simply those who create artwork for fun, use graphics tablets for creating illustrations on design programs as they give a much higher level of control and fluidity than a basic mouse can achieve, as their pen-based control is almost (if not just as) easy to control as an ordinary pencil on paper.
While I have never personally used a graphics tablet before, I have witnessed their use and capabilities both in real life and the internet. I would definitely like to try using a graphics tablet one day (hopefully within this course) so that I may see how well I can transfer my hand-drawn illustrative skills and designs onto a digital setting where I can edit even the smallest detail.
(1) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_tablet