March 24th, 2011
Simply genius: Portland’s Cohdoo offers erasable, reusable iPhone sketch pads that make wireframing more tactile
Today, so much of our work is done in a nebulous, ethereal, and intangible realm. We send electrons scurrying and bandy bytes about. Tap at the keyboard to create art. And press touch screens that provide only rudimentary semblances of real life interaction.
But so much of the creative process is enhanced by actually working with your hands. So what if you could create apps and sites with something physical? That’s the idea behind Cohdoo.
Aside from being ridiculously cute, these little wireframing wonders are functional too. And they make UX and UI a lot more tangible.
The dry erase surface lets you design, erase and iterate all on the same surface. Magnetic backing enables you to move ideas quickly from the table to wall for others to see. The faint grid helps layout content.
You can currently buy Phone Doo. Browser Doo—a similar concept for Web site and app wireframing—is coming soon.
Oh. And what’s with the name? It’s a reference to something one of the co-founders used to say as a child.
“Coh doo” – the words of an enthusiastic toddler as he expressed his will to experience life. These words rang throughout the home of our co-founder as his little boy, Cohen, joined in on a project or task.