I mentioned earlier that I had an interesting conversation with Keith Houston where he used the term ‘crafting’ and that I found it nicely summed up the feeling I want the user to have when creating a document.
Yesterday we went on a wood working session, where we learnt how to make a planter box but more importantly got a very interesting insight into how this profession works. Everything is measured, not just placed or lined up, and it’s measured within a fraction of a millimetre. To make a cut for a joint you would first use a metal rule (not a ruler, since a rule starts measuring from the end, whereas a ruler has extra space for some reason) to measure the length you need and you then go to the other piece of wood and measure in the same distance and then mark it. If you need to make a line, you may very well use a medieval measuring and scratching tool (not it’s real name) and use that for a continuous line. & So on.
The actual work is of course not relevant to text work, but the meditative, careful ‘crafting’ of the work should find a way somehow, something I need to keep in mind.
There is also the act of choosing the right tool for the job, before doing an action, something you would do in computer games as well, which we do not yet have in text interaction where the mode is to select text, then choose a tool. I wonder if there would be value in sometimes reversing this. “I am not going to be writing a certain thing so I need a certain pen” type of thing…