digi-LOG – Recording and Retrieving Ideas

For a long time I have been looking for the ideal solution to easily record and retrieve ideas.

ANALOG

Sketchbooks,  random pieces of papers and napkins are great for sketching and writing down ideas  … but it’s not the best medium to recall and ideas.  I can never remember which sketchbook a specific idea was in and over the years this only gets more complicated.  There isn’t really a good way to organize these ideas in the physical world even if you try to categorize these ideas in folders. (I will explain below)

DIGITAL

The digital medium has the opposite problem .. it’s great for retrieving ideas through search, browsing, tagging, etc … but isn’t so great for recording ideas.  Ideas happen spontaneously and a lot of the time when you have an idea, all that is available to remember it is a napkin, a piece of paper .. or maybe a sketchbook.  I have tried PDA’s … but they seem to be limited for one reason or another and some don’t have sketching capabilities.  Half the time when I have an idea I don’t have the PDA with me, it’s out of batteries or it’s too much of a pain to input a complex idea with diagram, notes, etc .. and pen and paper is much easier, fluid and spontaneous..

digi-LOG – So here is a great free solution … EVERNOTE

Here is a DEMO of how it works.

 

update: Evernote is a better solution because it syncronizes over all platforms (ipod, blackberry, computer and web)

 

For more ideas that are intended to help illustrators check out:

http://www.n8w.com/wp/category/illustrator-help

and

http://www.illustrationmundo.com/questions.php

  • http://foodwoolf.com/ foodwoolf

    Cool idea Nate! Just in time, too. I was thinking about starting some sketches for my blog and wasn’t sure if I should scan them. Photographing them is WAY easier. Thanks!

  • http://foodwoolf.com foodwoolf

    Cool idea Nate! Just in time, too. I was thinking about starting some sketches for my blog and wasn’t sure if I should scan them. Photographing them is WAY easier. Thanks!

  • http://www.mlarino.com/ Manuel

    I have the same problem, this is a cool solution… i will test it!
    How about creating your own with php or something like that? that way it will have all the features you look for :) I would use it!

  • http://www.mlarino.com Manuel

    I have the same problem, this is a cool solution… i will test it!
    How about creating your own with php or something like that? that way it will have all the features you look for :) I would use it!

  • http://www.shapesofsweetness.com/ Corey Thompson

    Great article Nate! Yeah I post my sketchbooks on my site just so I have a digi-copy of them. I also think that artists sketchbooks are just as rad as their finished pieces. Also one of the main reason I started to blog was to keep a record of my influences.

  • http://www.shapesofsweetness.com Corey Thompson

    Great article Nate! Yeah I post my sketchbooks on my site just so I have a digi-copy of them. I also think that artists sketchbooks are just as rad as their finished pieces. Also one of the main reason I started to blog was to keep a record of my influences.

  • http://www.dontwakemeup.com/ Kelly Dyson

    I think that you can tag images in iphoto on the mac – that might be worth looking into as well.

  • http://www.dontwakemeup.com Kelly Dyson

    I think that you can tag images in iphoto on the mac – that might be worth looking into as well.

  • Kelli

    I just stumbled upon your site.
    I think I did a google image search for “people illustration” and clicked images..
    I aspire one day to become successful as you are.
    and just be.
    Thank you for further inspiring me.
    -kelli

  • Kelli

    I just stumbled upon your site.
    I think I did a google image search for “people illustration” and clicked images..
    I aspire one day to become successful as you are.
    and just be.
    Thank you for further inspiring me.
    -kelli