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13 Ways Of Looking at a Post-It Note

Forge/Medium: “It’s the best-designed “thinking tool” in history. What could it tell us about designing software?…For decades I’ve admired this humble little scrap of paper and glue. Nearly everyone in the modern industrialized world has seen them, and probably uses them. You see them stuck on the edge of laptop screens, festooned across instrument panels in factories, peeking out from the pages of books, and sometimes just full-on wallpapering an entire office of some poor sod who’s been working on a Jarndyce-vs.-Jarndyce-level problem. Wherever you find a Post-it note, you find someone managing information; and wherever you find someone managing information, you find someone trying to think.That’s why Post-It notes are so interesting to ponder. There’s a lot to be learned from studying why they’re so good at helping us out. Indeed, there are probably some great design principles we could take from Post-It Notes and bring into the digital world. If you’re crafting a piece of software to help people think, the astonishing utility of Post-It Notes is a cool benchmark…”

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