While the philosopher Aristotle argued for taking frequent action, simply doing a lot without reflecting on the motivation behind our work rarely leads to meaningful learnings. But taking time to reflect on our experiences can help change that, says learning designer Mathias Jakobsen.
Each weekend on the FiftyThree Instagram page we invite a creative thinker to show us their life and work through pictures. This past weekend, James March, a designer, educator, researcher, photographer, and self-proclaimed "burritomaniac" from Newfoundland showed us how he uses Paper in the classroom and took us to see some of his favorite Newfoundland spots. To see the full takeover, visit our Instagram page and follow along.
If you're interested in becoming a featured creator, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us how you use Paper and include a link to your Instagram account.
It's an exciting week for architects and designers, with the World Architecture Fair taking place in Singapore. Here, learn how Paper helps architects transform loose ideas into real-life homes, offices, and even a public library.
We're happy to announce a new class as part of our ongoing partnership with Skillshare, an online learning community for creators. In our free 45-minute class, join information designer Catherine Madden to learn how simple drawing techniques can help you organize ideas and communicate complex concepts in ways that are easy to understand.
With Halloween just a few days away, we've noticed a shift toward the macabre: spooky specters in empty hallways, grinning skeletons, and an arresting image of a spirit animal. In Paper, users are combining photos with illustrated details to create eerie effects. Here's how you can, too.
In September we had the pleasure of presenting Paper at NYC Apps, a monthly Meetup comprised of 3,000 developers, designers, and tech enthusiasts, living and working in New York City. Having just launched our new Paper app on iPhone, we took the opportunity to talk about FiftyThree's product design methodologies, how prototyping helps us define a vision, experiment on various options, and then refine our work.
"As a teacher, I'm always planning and drawing diagrams to make information easier for my students to understand. When I'm at home, I use Paper to prepare lesson plans, and in the classroom, I use it while connected to our whiteboard. Then I sketch or diagram my explanation to my students, like a live-editing presentation. They love it, and I do, too. Paper makes it so simple. It's magic!"–Mónica Gimeno (Valencia, Spain)
"Since the launch of Paper on iPhone, I’ve been using the app on a regular basis, and not just for work. I use the text and image annotation features for personal day-to-day tasks a lot. The new features keep my workflow organized for editing jobs where I want to make notes or when I receive comments from clients that can be itemized, like interiors."
For our first Paper Spotlight, we spoke with designer Sara Combs about collaborating with her husband Rich at Hexagon, a boutique design studio they founded together. Learn how the couple collaborate in both their professional and personal lives, and see how they used Paper to visualize their latest project – a complete renovation of a 1949 hacienda in Joshua Tree National Park in Joshua Tree, California.
Since Paper 3.0 launched three weeks ago, over one million people around the world have downloaded the new Paper, creating and presenting ideas in a wide range of fields such as design, fashion, hospitality, engineering, business, and architecture. For us, the new Paper represents a big and considered step towards building an inclusive space where people can develop and share their ideas. In this post, our CEO and co-founder Georg Petschnigg addresses some of the questions raised by our community around the changes.
We created Paper to let you get your ideas down quickly, but did you know that it's a powerful presentation tool as well? Say goodbye to tedious presentation-making software. Here are three simple ways to showcase your ideas made with Paper.
What makes a great presentation? According to learning designer and career coach Mathias Jakobsen, a great presentation happens when you get your audience to join you on a journey. This journey, however, is often obscured by slides, examples, and anecdotes. Learn how Mathias uses Paper to cut through the clutter.
This weekend, Saturday Night Live (SNL) kicks off a brand new season. The popular late-night comedy show is now in its fifth decade, and over the years has featured sketches, parodies, and musical appearances by everyone from Tom Hanks to Madonna. To celebrate, we met with SNL writer Sarah Schneider to chat about her writing process and the integral role that teamwork plays in making a live show each week.
It took only minutes from the moment we first released Paper in 2012 for our new fans to request a version for iPhone. Paper had transformed the iPad from a device for consumption into one for creation on which real work could be done. It soon became clear to our team that we could bring the same transformation to the most personal devices of all—our phones.
Fashion Week landed in New York City recently, showcasing upcoming trends for next spring. Some creators took Fashion Week designs beyond the runway and onto Paper. Here are a few of our favorites.
Learning designer Mathias Jakobsen has taught over 2,000 professionals on how to boost and manage creative thinking. Learn the one simple trick that Mathias uses to help his clients think creatively, and to view old information through fresh eyes.