The old way is the innovative way
In any case, my very cool new friend Mike did something awesome when I gave him my business card. He took out his big (unlined, yay!) journal, opened it up and took out a GLUE STICK! What? Didn't glue sticks go out of fashion ten years ago and aren't they primarily used in like kindergarten? And that is why they are so cool.
So he proceeds to cover my nice pristine business card in glue, and then slap it into his journal. How great is that? Perhaps it doesn't seem like an epiphany to you, but there's something nice and simple here. You get an exact record of the original content. It's placed in a rough time-line of everything else you've been thinking about automatically.
And there it is, stuck in a tangible, modifiable space. He also mentions it is purple glue (to show where you've gotten the paper sticky) but then it slowly fades to clear, so that it doesn't ruin the page aesthetic. And then Mike proceeds to draw arrows from it to some thought bubbles about topics we were talking about, and then starts diagramming a product idea we were brainstorming next to it.
When he goes back to look at it later he's got my info directly placed next to a record of everything we were thinking about at the time. How can a digital product compete with the pure simplicity and usability of that solution? I think it's possible, but I think closely looking at low-fidelity examples such as this offers some great requirements for the generation of new systems.
Quick Review of the Glue-Their-Business-Cards-Method:
- can record people and conversations
- natural integration of text and images and drawings (multimodal)
- you have to carry the book and glue
- the back side of the business card is glued down (hope the phone number isn't there)
- not searchable
- Mike rocks. And I want him to design 'smart furniture' for my new house. Wait, I need a new smart house first.