Capturing beyond the keyboard

SCRIBA is an application that reproduces the ritual of writing a personal letter, capturing beyond the keyboard.

by Ishac Bertran, Laura Boffi and Pedro Nakazato Andrade

When you write a letter, what makes it personal is not only the content you transfer with words, but also the way you go through the different steps to build it. It is a process that allows to capture beyond the media you are writing on, thanks to the inuences that the environment around you and the time impress on the content and your physical outcome.

Leaving traces on a digital letter.

Scriba aims to make the user experiencing the same process while writing a personal letter on the computer. On one hand, Scriba allows you to focus on your letter by isolating you from your computer environment. On the other hand, it gives space to temporal traces by a navigation bar that counts your writing sessions as dots and by leaving empty spaces as time passed by between them.

Scriba records the environment around you by analyzing the light and the noise. If it recognizes you are writing in a place that doesn’t help focusing, the lines will start to become irregular and bend. Writing a letter implies reducing distraction and dedicating time to the person you are writing to. This is why even leaving traces of your errors could be precious for building the message of your letter.