Tools We Use: Paper—Beautiful Sketching and Notation on the iPad

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Tools We Use: Paper—Beautiful Sketching and Notation on the iPad

Paper, designed by FiftyThree in New York and Seattle, features a simple and beautiful interface design that is a joy to use.


FiftyThree created Paper as a place where ideas can easily blossom. Does a person really need 500 brush types? 8,000 colors? An endless array of filter options while attempting to capture the essence of an idea? If so, this probably isn't the app for you. Instead, Paper gives the user a limited palette and toolset, creating constraints from which beautiful renderings and focused ideas can surface. The tools are carefully crafted with ultra-realistic textures and strokes, making the sketches both realistic and attractive.


The gestures are intuitive, and the app allows you the artist to create a library of personalized sketchbooks with as many or as few pages as they'd like in each. This allows users to not only develop ideas, but to remember them in context or chronicle events through sketch and drawing.

Design, app, paper
Design, app, paper
Design, app, paper

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Ward Andrews

Ward Andrews

Hi, I'm Ward Andrews. I started Design.org in 2009, you can read about why here. Thanks for participating in the Design.org Community. I also run an interactive agency called Drawbackwards. I love basketball, electronic music and creating experiences that improve daily life. You can follow me on Twitter @wardandrews.

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