An ode to the majesty of the pencil

The joy of your pencil

Such sweet satisfaction. Aaaaahhhh, it feels so GOOD! I played with a lot of titles for this post. First I wanted a riff of Oh captain, my captain. But Oh Pencil, My Pencil seemed a bit obscure. I thought about magical pencils, but that is more like a wand. I finally settled on the majesty of the pencil, and sat down to write my ode to the majesty of the pencil.

Can we admit how we derive sweet satisfaction from crossing something off our to do list?  In fact, some of us even write MORE things on our list so we can cross them off. That describe you? It describes me.

As we talked about handwritten to do lists, we heard how satisfying it feels to strike a line through an item on a to do list. It’s part of the reason why some of us still keep some manual lists in addition to anything we do online.

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How do you make software more engaging?

When we engaged in some research to see how we could improve engagement in Bella, a nifty little idea popped up. What if Bella was a little more tactile? What if we could make Bella feel a little more like that lovely graphite satisfaction of a pencil?

And thus the pencil animation began to take shape.  From the reactions we have received to the pencil animation, I know it’s a choice that made sense.  

So how does it work? When you cross an item off your to do list, our pencil pops up and crosses it out. My favorite part is watching the reaction when I show this feature to a prospective customer. I show it, and then wait. In almost every case, in a few seconds the individual realizes what happens and smiles. It’s almost instinctive.

 

Pencil animation

Okay, where are you headed next?

We love understanding how you work and appreciate how much you trust us with how you work.  We want to see how our technology can fit for how you work and add a smile where we can.

If you love this idea, I can’t wait to share what we are planning next. But I best save that for a future blog post to keep you intrigued. Hmmm…. what are we plotting next for your productivity pleasure? Being productive should be rewarding and at least a little fun.

We’re here- and we’re listening. That is what human centered software design is all about. We love working to bring beautiful practical design forward to create solutions for you. Because sometimes our software just needs to feel SO GOOD!

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