acom has become synonymous with all things digital – and their products are everywhere – in the world of design, photography and engineering. Wacom products are ubiquitous in our study as well. From Cintiq Companions on which virtually all our work is done, to large editing tablets like the 27” QHD Creative Pen and Touch Display.
We have long looked for a tool that would bridge the digital divide – there are some of us who can’t and won’t be all digital all the time. And while I just don’t get that, after all I have been digital since the days of CP/M and MS-DOS, I have seen it first hand.
When Rayn – one of our designers – develops a prototype, she prefers to do it on paper. The same is true for Yana, Lew Brown, and even JD on occasion. Strange as it may seem, so do most of our seminar students. I suppose I never fully realized exactly how deeply rooted we are in paper – regardless of age – until we rolled out our new seminar workbooks on our new Samsung tablets. To my surprise, virtually every student pulled out some paper and took notes.
While each revised workbook is that much more effective as a digital tool – we have invested a lot of time and energy focusing on enhancing the user experience – we can’t change the fact that people seem to prefer paper. Once we recognized that, we began looking for a tool that would bridge that gap. We examined a lot of options, and, much as I expected, they all came up short. Honestly, I didn’t even know that Wacom made a product like the Bamboo Spark until I stumbled on it earlier this year when I was researching some new gear on their web site. Once I saw it, I was hooked.