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Forget the computer — here’s why you ought to write and design by hand

J.K. Rowling scribbled along the first 40 names of characters that will come in Harry Potter in a paper notebook. J.J. Abrams writes his first drafts in a paper notebook. Upon his come back to Apple in 1997, Steve Jobs first cut through the existing complexity by drawing a straightforward chart on whiteboard. Needless to say, they’re not the only ones…

Here’s the notebook that belongs to Pentagram partner Michael Bierut. All the pages in the notebook resemble the right side, that he had lost a particularly precious notebook, which contained “a drawing my then 13-year-old daughter Liz did that she claims could be the original sketch for the Citibank logo. although he’s got thought to Design Observer”

Author Neil Gaiman’s notebook, who writes his books — including American Gods, The Graveyard Book, plus the final two thirds of Coraline — by hand.

And a notebook from information designer Nicholas Felton, who visualized and recorded ten years of his life in data, and developed the Reporter app.

There’s a reason why people, who have the possibility to actually use a pc, decide to make writing by hand an integral part of their creative process. Read more…

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