My personal goal for the next financial year is to ‘go digital’ as much as possible at home and at work.
I have bought a new iPad with more storage space and plan to use this as my work and home tool.
As a pre-digital-native I have been brought up with paper, handwriting, notebooks, journals, and cardboard folders for all of those important paper files. But I am over it. How often do you actually go back and read those files?
At work we have a perfectly good document management system that I use each day. So there is no need to save a paper copy. In my work we need to promote the programs and events to the customers and so we create posters, fliers, brochures, etc. We need to do this, but for myself personally I aim to ditch all of the folders with the paper copies. I will still use notebooks for now as I more to a completely digital workflow. I am excited. I wonder how the stream of consciousness brain to hand to pen to paper translates to the hand to keypad to device screen? It feels different.
As a designer who prefers the minimalist look I love the aesthetics of a paperless, folderless desk space. Connections and back up systems are so much better and easier to access than ever before.
To get to the paperless minimalist office though takes some work. I have to sort through all of those precious saved documents, assess their value, and either scan and save or toss it in the bin.
The digital result further enhances the handwritten, and hand drawn work. So art, notebooks, and journals become things of beauty.