App of the Week: Penultimate

February 23, 2011

I spend most of my time at Sephone writing the code behind the sites we create. It’s a good thing, too; when I try to do design – graphic design, at least – people usually end up running for the hills.

Even though I don’t do a lot of graphics work, I do a pretty hefty amount of sketching in the course of my job. Sometimes I’ll draw a quick outline of how I think a page should look before I build it. Sometimes I’ll show someone a couple of ideas for styles of a button. Over the past few months, I’ve turned to Penultimate on my iPad to do them.

Penultimate’s a well-designed sketching app for the iPad. You can group your sketches into notebooks about a certain topic, and you can choose if you’d like blank, lined, or graph paper for your work. (I have a Penultimate notebook for each project or site I sketch.) The image at right is one of my rough Penultimate sketches for an upcoming project of ours.

Penultimate is even great for doing notes, flowcharts, visual lists, or, if you have more artistic talent than I do, full drawings. The app, in a lot of ways, feels like a digital version of the Moleskine notebooks I always used in the past.

Check out Penultimate on the App Store. It’s only $1.99, and it’s worth every digital penny. I’ve found that drawing with your finger works well, but you may find a stylus helps if you’re doing more precise sketching.

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He's interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

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