Cross-platform Note-taking Prototype
AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL DESIGN PRACTICE
I took a journey to design for my choice of practice: it was note-taking.
Note-taking is among the most common practices of human beings for as long as the invention of paper. However, comes with the digital revolution is the appearances of electronic note-taking tools and apps. Does that essentially change the habit of how people take notes? If so, in what way? Which way is better?
After extensive research and interviews with various users, I gained essential design insights to follow, which led me to design an iPad note-taking app prototype.
For a meeting where no set agenda is in place, taking notes on papers allows for a more free mind-flowing experience but its lacks of structure will inhibit future understanding of the notes if not followed by a transcription.
Note-taking is a personal practice with acronyms and self-drawn connections, more so on paper than in digital space.
People tend to have their own ways of analyzing note-taking situations and adopting techniques that they deem fit. The girl who works as a student note-taker said it took her roughly about 30 percent more time to take notes for other people than for herself. Different marking/bullet point systems are also used among individuals.
The gap between digital and paper-based note-taking is not always well- defined
or those who has well thought of the purpose of note-taking beforehand, it is easier for them to take more efficient notes, whereas for those that don’t have a clear purpose in mind during note-taking tend to perform less efficiently, especially when switching between platforms.
Note-taking on paper helps with focusing
Different platforms called for different actions
Allow personalization of interface, including tools, background, etc.
Flexibility to incorporate paper notes to digital contents
Recall and search function should be included
Interface should help identify or bring awareness of noting purposes
Reminder of the action triggered by notes
Allow for flexible categorization system using keywords to help identify notes
Taking the insights I have gained, I designed an iPad app prototype.