As if the 10,000 different colors in the pantone palette app isn’t enough, how about this.
Using the Cronzy pen, you can scan any color in the real world and use it to draw. Alternatively, you can choose from the 16-million unique colors in the app. Now you can color in Donald Trump in countless ways.
Learning today is chaotic. There’s always a new app for note-taking, Smart pens, and the inspirational Moleskine.
To me, both digital and paper worlds are all one stream of productivity. I typically use pen and paper to brainstorm and mind map. I love the freedom of just quickly dumping thoughts on paper and then finding a web of connections between them.
Once I establish an understanding of the big picture I start to synthesize those ideas onto my computer where they get styled and formalized so that others can comprehend them.
I also love the feeling of feeling of crumpling up that piece of paper, assuming it’s loose leaf, and tossing it. Knowing that it’s permanently digitized is gratifying.
There are moments of course when time is running short and I’ll just snap a picture of my notes and import that image into Evernote. It always helps to see how visually I came to a solution anyway.
Most good ideas (whether they’re ideas for narrative structure, a particular twist in the argument, or a broader topic) come into our minds as hunches: small fragments of a larger idea, hints and intimations. Many of these ideas sit around for months or years before they coalesce into something useful.
Good ideas collect like pennies and come together when you least expect it. However, unlike the author I feel like your best notebook is the one you have with you.
My fastest notebook is my Smartphone. I type on a touch screen much faster than writing brain farts down with a pen where I’m more likely to lose an idea.
Do whatever works for you but try to pick one source so you can easily come back to it and build upon your ideas. Some ideas are so random and need to soak.
Growing up the pencil was always used for math and the pen for just about everything else. The reasoning was simple: you were more likely to make a mistake. Sometimes we took tests without calculators, completely smearing the scrap paper.
Pencils also required sharpening. Students would go up to the front of the class and shave their pencil as if they were giving it a haircut. Some kids made the end tips knife sharp, others left the pencil head a bit rounder.
The pen relieved much of the pain that came from scrawling with pencil. The pen’s tip was smoother and made writing rhythmic. When we ran out of ink, we simply found a replacement pen.
Then came the computer. Why go through the trouble of writing something down that will need to be reproduced on the computer? Nevertheless, students still vacillated between handwriting and typing. Some people thought better with pen and paper.
But then came the touch screen mobile and tablet, obviating the need for penmanship. Instant mobile communications replaced handwriting and grammar. “You’re” is now “ur” and it’s always lowercase, even at the beginning of a sentence.
Handwriting will go extinct in about a decade unless the pen goes digital. Word on the street is that Apple is creating a stylus, recreating the handwriting experience on a digital screen.
Taking notes with existing stylus models is currently a challenge. Our digital writing bleeds because can’t keep our wrist and pen on the page at the same time.
From pencil, pen, Internet-less keyboard, to the hyper connected keyboard of mobile, to the potential reemergence of utensil writing with the digital stylus, writing has been fragmented. And don’t think that’s the end of it. With Siri, you may not have to write anything at all. #dictation