An Intelligent Way of Note Taking

Memorizer is an intelligent way to help users access notes easily, and focus on their important tasks. With color-tagging function, there’s no more need to worry about how to categorize floating thoughts.


1. Users have problems with finding notes
2. Re-categorizing notes is a pain
3. Inconvenience of taking notes during some activities

In order to find out pain points, I interviewed 10 people. 50% of all interviewees have hard time finding their notes, some of them email themselves, write on the hands, some of them complained that they don’t know how to categorize their notes or put them into specific folders. Because different projects might share the same content/research/topic. Some of them hope it’ll be easier to take notes during some activities, for instance, a conversation, a run or driving.


Technology affects user behaviors and native capabilities. There are advantages and disadvantages. I believe that designers play a crucial role to set up use cases that allow people to use technology in a right way to enhance human capabilities and make human more human.

Memorizer would be one of solutions to enhance memory capabilities and boost productivity. It would allow users to retrieve memory segments faster by linking notes to personal cognitive map and colors subconsciously. Notes are no more only written words, important messages are there to be learned, digested, and memorized.  


A. Conversational interaction / ambient, multi-device- The project went through a lot of iterations. Each iteration has their own missions, targeting on different problems of notes taking. The first mission: Help users collect quick thoughts while they are distracted, such as the time when they’re driving or having conversations. 'System' will actively interact with users, in order to help them catch thoughts at the very moment, then dive in more when their cognitive, physical, and recognition limitations are low - for instance, when they’re working or at home.

B. Personalization - The second version was designed for users to switch between listed notes and drawing board easily, based on users’ preferences. One of the key insights from the interviews is that some people prefer to work on content in a free layout first, and then sort them out in hierarchy later. This process allows users to think, organize thoughts and be more productive.

C. Script detection / thoughtfully contextual - The third mission: Users can take notes easily while listening to speeches with recording and script detection functions. Users could interact with 'System' to mark keywords. They can browse scripts afterwards without missing any important information, and then write down thoughts.

D. Learns & adapts - The final version focused on the problem of categorization, which is one of the biggest problems. In this version, users don’t need to categorize their notes. Utilizing spacial memory and the influence of color on memory performance, 'System' helps users retrieve notes faster and easier by strengthen the association between notes and memory. Users can tag notes with exclusive colors. After interacting with the System several times, users would link a color to a specific topic/genre/context subconsciously. The other function is retrieving notes based on locations. For instance, every Monday morning user D goes to the same conference room/building for a regular meeting, here is when the System comes in. Users can view all notes taken at the same place, get access to all meeting notes in one second.

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