Visual Darwinism: survival of the fittest graphical tools
Look, folks, the iPad ain’t the digital graphic recording tool of your dreams. So get over it. As Jonny Goldstein said in a comment on a previous post, the iPad’s got price and portability. Which means there will be tons and tons of ’em out there, and tons of people trying to use them to do live visual meeting support. Which will mean in turn that:
First, it’s going to bring public awareness to the visual practice of graphic recording like never before.
Second, it’s going to put the burden of proof on established practitioners with fancy tools to show they can do better than some kid with an iPad.
It will be great for all concerned, practitioners and clients alike.
Visual Darwinism, you gotta love it. Competition improves the breed, etc.
In the early Seventies motorcycle road racing was dominated by two very talented factory riders on incredibly expensive machines made by MV Agusta in Italy and Honda in Japan. Then along came Yamaha with revolutionary and far cheaper equipment. Suddenly everything changed and once again “privateers” like Jarno Saarinen had a chance.
The new technology, along with incredible drive and talent, allowed Jarno to “… intimidate the factory riders on the GP circuit by clinching the 1972 championship as a privateer, and in the process broke lap-records practically everywhere he went. Jarno was also his own mechanic and helped modify and develop the bikes according to his style of riding.” (Peer Landa).
Prediction: for the great digital graphic recorders of the future, this last sentence will describe their ongoing relation with their rig (rig = hardware/software instrument for performing graphics).
No, Virgina, it’s not like a guitar — one size does not fit all.
Postscript: since this post was originally made, a lot of great group graphics have been done on the iPad. See some of the images here.
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