How long will paper continue to be the right tool for planning and ideation? How long will it take someone to figure out how to replicate paper’s utility in the digital space? An interesting development in the paper world of innovation/collaboration is the synthesis of Post-it Notes with digital technologies.
FAST COMPANY published an interesting article on the rebirth of the post-it note titled, HOW THE POST-IT NOTE COULD BECOME THE LATEST INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY. The article by David Lavenda explores the uses of post-it notes in the creative processes and during collaboration. The whole article is well worth a read but what stood out for me was the reference to an integrated digital and paper solution – in essence marrying the humble post-it with technology to deliver a powerful tool for innovation and communication. Many applications exist but the collaboration between 3M and Evernote, explored in the article, seems user focussed and versatile. You can photograph post-its and the application translates the content into searchable and editable text. The post-it note seems to be going stronger than ever, and the future is bright.