Spurred on by an economic crisis and a vibrant Irish start-up scene, two years ago Dublin-based architect David Craig decided to abandon buildings in favour of technology entrepreneurship.
Ninety-three prototypes later, Craig founded the Dublin Design Studio and debuted the brand's first product, Scriba: an ergonomically friendly electronic stylus for drawing directly onto the screen of an iPad or iPhone. Recently launched on Kickstarter, the Scriba is designed around the natural movements of the hand, placing emphasis on control and comfort and striving to recreate pen-on-paper tactility.
Unlike regular button-controlled styli, Craig's design uses a special squeeze motion, a half inch (12mm) of movement that lets users smoothly and precisely adjust line-weight using the body of the stylus rather than relying on applied pressure to the tip. 'Controlling line weight is critical for good design,' says Craig. 'Scriba enables you to adjust line weight constantly, fluidly and accurately.'
Lightweight and durable, Scriba's looped form is made from a single mould of high quality polymer that is designed to be thrown into a handbag or pocket and engineered to fit a variety of hand sizes and grip types. Other handy features include a smart-lock that lets users automatically fix line-weight, an impressive standby charge of over six months and hundreds of hours of use time.
'We had started out with the goal of trying to come up with... a solution which would offer real benefits to our target market of designers and creatives,' Craig explains. 'What we have ended up with is actually a whole new way of interacting with mobile devices, one that can benefit everyone.
'I suppose Dieter Rams said it better than I could: "Great design is making something memorable and meaningful." I hope that this is what people will think when they look at our work.'