A tablet for thinking



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But ideas aren’t summoned from nowhere: they come from raw material, other ideas or observations about the world. (Page 1)

Leonardo da Vinci is the quintessential collect-then-think creative professional. His notebooks include observations from the natural world, excerpts from books he has read; then he develops his own ideas in written or sketched form. (Page 1) Wunderkammer

Post-it notes on a wall, index cards on a desk or pinboard, and war rooms o*er some of the same value as notebooks (sketchy and freeform) while having the additional value of tapping into human spatial memory. (Page 2)review

Our user research suggests that the A4 notebook shape, especially when paired with a comfortable reading chair or writing desk, is an ideal posture for thinking and developing ideas. That suggests the digital form factor of tablet and stylus. (Page 9)review

Most of our tablet UI paradigms depend on knowing which hand is dominant for the user. For example, onscreen mode-switching buttons should be located wherever the user’s non-dominant hand is likely to be located (including gripping the tablet). But that is a di*erent place depending on the users’ handedness. (Page 15)review