Leaving a Trace with an iPad

A new mobile device app digitizes a tool long cherished by architects and designers.The Morpholio Project, a digital-media company started by practitioners and academics in the design professions, enters the currently limited field of design-oriented mobile-device apps with the goal of expanding productivity beyond the studio and desktop computer.

By Michael Leighton Beaman

Architectural Record

October 19, 2012

Mobile devices have seen unprecedented growth recently. Apple alone has sold over 84 million iPads in the last two years. It is clear these devices have changed the culture of digital-media consumption, but have they changed the way designers work?

The Morpholio Project, a digital-media company started by practitioners and academics in the design professions, enters the currently limited field of design-oriented mobile-device apps with the goal of expanding productivity beyond the studio and desktop computer. In October the Morpholio Project released Morpholio Trace for iPad, a supplement to its core Morpholio portfolio app.

Launched in late 2011, Morpholio allows members to store, share, and critique design work with other members. Trace, along with Morpholio, is available free from iTunes. The new Morpholio offering is a “sketching” app that performs much like tracing paper, transforming a mobile device into a palette for quick iterative design. The app works by overlaying a blank page, images (JPEGs only), or one of many grids, storyboards, or figure templates (99 cents per set) to start a sketch.

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(image: Morpholio Project. The Morpholio Trace app allows users to sketch on layers of tracing “paper.”)



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