Quick disclaimer: this ISN'T purely a graphic facilitation method, so if that's the #1 reason you subscribed to Think With Ink, no need to read further. But, this IS a chance to practice design thinking, paper prototyping, and crowd-sourcing feedback, not to mention a chance to design a tool that you may end up using yourself.
The quick story thus far: at an innovation workshop, I met Victor, a guy who machines small metal tools as a hobby. Who knew that was a thing? After seeing me sketchnote and graphic facilitate, we brainstormed the idea of a ruler made specifically for sketchnoting. I floated the idea past a few folks (including Mike Rohde!), got feedback, and have been testing and iterating on a paper prototype since then. Here's the current design:
Want to be part of designing it? Here's how!
- Download this AI or PDF version of the ruler.
- Print and transfer it to chipboard, thick card stock, or even a file folder. I think the easiest way to do it is to print the ruler on a label, then stick the label on to something more rigid.
- Cut out the ruler and the finger pivot. Punch the holes along the center line with a pin. Except for the finger pivot, you don't have to cut out the other shapes unless you really want to.
- Try it out for a while!
- Provide your feedback on features on this Google Sheet.
We'll post updates to the design and the project in the Google Sheet.
Thanks for participating!