Problem: You work at a design agency. You and dozens of other creatives share and individually conjure thousands of ideas, large and small, but your current process leaves a mess of sticky notes, illegible scribbles and difficult-to-save, complex concepts.

Solution: ScribWall, a large, wide, transparent, touch-screen, collaborative creative interface that acts like a whiteboard, with savable and transferable canvases, or “walls.”

A rough wireframe for the ScribWall concept.

I compiled preliminary notes and ideas in a one-page wireframe. (Be kind; this is rough.)

Okay, now I already know that interactive whiteboards do exist. I am suggesting we take it up a notch, add several professional and familiar sketching tools, and really crank out an impressive, collaborative, computer-connected creative surface.

Future Components

I would suggest the interface speed and tool set should mimic and improve upon OmniGraffle, as opposed to Photoshop. The latter has been abused far too long as a web design tool. It’s an image editor. I would suggest InDesign, but it is sluggish and crashes far too often. And I’m not familiar enough with Fireworks to compare.

In essence, you should be able to construct from scratch anything you could normally do with a set of professional drawing tools and a chalkboard-sized piece of white paper.

Two-Faced

Note that the ScribWall is a glass interface, not a one-sided whiteboard. Say Designer Joe wanted to draw a screen on the side facing him. He would have the option to swap the screen to the opposite side, where, say, a 20-person team could view it while he compiled the next screen. In the meantime, Designer Joe’s partner, Art Director Jane, could present whatever Joe created.

Neat? Or not? Either way, I think it’s pretty cool.

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