Two weeks ago I did a piece on a notebook—The Baron Fig—well for this week I would like to present an appendage to any notebook. It is called the iSketchnote and it has taken the last two years to concept and prototype. The team—made up of engineers, programmers and artists—is based in Grenoble, France. They are seeking funding to produce the first 1,000.
The iSketchnote is an iPad cover. On the flip-side of the cover you can position a pad of paper with which you will keep notes (hard copy) while the iPad duplicates the notes (soft copy). In effect it will allow you to write or draw on any style paper and digitize it to your iPad in real time. Thus preserving the art and feel of connecting pen or pencil to the toothy grain of paper, your notes and drawings are immediately copied and preserved in digital format. Now they are ready to share with others through social networks and mobile devices.
With the surge in digital content there is a big push to create, share and store ideas in a virtual atmosphere. But as many know the best ideation sessions still come through writing, drawing or storyboarding the old fashioned way—pen and paper. This device caters to a large population by introducing an avenue for the organic and geometric worlds to collaborate. Perhaps next generations of the iSketchnote will allow for further editing of these transcribed documents—adding in computer generated images and text. Furthermore, after transcribing a certain amount of handwritten notes the application would do well to recognize the style of handwriting and store it in its memory as a font. This would allow typed documents to be produced in the handwriting of the individual. Better organic-style fonts could then be explored. The iSketchnote is POP worthy.