<a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Paper53-1.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3629" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Paper53-1-300x227.jpg" alt="Paper53-1" width="300" height="227" /></a>... it might be a little grandiose for a title, but this morning my iPad downloaded an update to <a href="https://www.fiftythree.com/paper" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Paper53's app</a>. I played with it for a little while - and decided to make a doodle. But what would the topic be ?

Each morning as I run through my Feedly – two sites are automatically found in my ‘MUST READ’ section. The awesome commentary and analysis of one Ben Thompson on his Stratechery site – and the know less awesome – but so much easier to grok in a couple of seconds – This is Indexed by Jessica Hagy.

I THINK Ben has been known to use Paper53 for some of his graphics that support his work – such as this one. Meanwhile Jessica, since 2006 has been relentless in delivering a daily index card to those that care (I do) with information, humor and unspoken commentary – though she seems to be artist enough not to need such a tool 🙂

The Paper53 app has always been one of my favorites – but this morning’s download added some interesting features.

  • Draw a rough shape – and it creates a ‘perfect version’ of that shape.
  • Use the fill tool to solid fill an area
  • Highlight an area – and simply cut it out

… and probably a lot more that I haven’t yet discovered.

I was inspired – a few simple additions to an already great program – and now I can draw free hand my ideas in a neat and tidy format. Within 5 minutes of seeing the new potential of Paper 53 – I produced this doodle. I will do more. Somehow I doubt this will be daily like Jessica’s. Somehow I doubt the insights of Ben will be revealed through such posts. What I don’t doubt is how the iPad gets to be an increasingly useful tool for creation, thinking, ideation, sharing …. for anyone that cares to try the costume on.

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/blogsy.jpeg"><img src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/blogsy-150x150.jpg" alt="blogsy" width="150" height="150" class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1149" /></a>Happy to report that it is up and running again ... Life is about to get more interesting.       

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/JP-Fractal.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3018" alt="JP-Fractal" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/JP-Fractal-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a>It's a long story - but 'Fractals' has been part of my persona for over 20 years. It all started when I was at a cross roads in my business career - and I set up a company that was called 'Fractal Communications'. The principle was a 'piece of nougat' in my brain that said that business processes at the largest level all the way to the smallest are in many ways self similar. My company was to be focussed on attention to detail - at each and every level, so that I could (still do in fact), apply the same principles to my work programs today.

Back then I could be running large multi-country events with thousand of attendees – or producing a script for Inside Sales to use to get attendees to a new seminar, or even writing a direct mailing piece. (remember – I did say this was a while back).

History took over – and I moved to the USA – “life” – to quote Mr John Lennon – “is what happens when you are busy making other plans”.

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