Electronic Storyboarding vs Analog Storyboarding

I use electronic mindmapping and storyboarding for my personal projects and also have my students create storyboards in a class wiki for classroom video creation.  This morning I read a blog post on indezine.com that discussed the merits of analog storyboarding, the good ol’ pencil and paper, versus electronic storyboarding for planning presentations and other projects. mindmap_iconThe point the author makes is that texture stimulates the brain and computers, phones and tablet surfaces do not have texture like paper.  He points out that braille is a language in which the feeling of the texure by the fingers stimulates a response in the brain and that touching food before eating evokes a satisfaction response in the brain even before you eat it.  However, in investigating one of his examples of how a book was designed using paper mindmapping/storyboarding, I did not see any reference to how the author’s use of analog tools was better than digital ones.  That author chose to use paper and sticky notes while other authors I know of choose to plan entire books using digital mindmapping tools.  

The article does provide food for thought.  My first idea is that no “one size” fits all and for some people analog might be better while for others electronic tools are better. I know that I can sit staring a a blank sheet of paper for a long time while I can quickly begin to tap and drag using a mindmapping application on my ipad.  Could it be that just the use of my hands stimulates the thought process?  Merely holding a pencil does not seem to work as well for me.  This would be an interesting research subject.  I would be interested in how others stimulate their thought processes.

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