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How a Creative Director Uses Evernote for Designing a Home

How a Creative Director Uses Evernote for Designing a Home

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 09 Oct 2013

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 09 Oct 2013

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Name: Tim Walker
Profession: Creative Director / Graphic Designer / Design Educator
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Life Meets Work: Tim Walker

Bio
Tim Walker is a creative director and graphic designer. In addition to running his company, he teaches as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas. He uses Evernote to organize almost every aspect of his life and work, as well as to design his new home.

Life Meets Work: Tim Walker

I use Evernote Everywhere

  • Mac
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Evernote is a tool that I use to organize almost every aspect of my life.

I Use Evernote for Designing My House

Life Meets Work: Tim Walker

I’ve been working for the past few years designing and preparing to build a new house, working with Marlon Blackwell Architects. Evernote has served as a critical tool for helping me organize almost every aspect of the project.

Life Meets Work: Tim Walker

    • I’ve been using Evernote as a repository for collecting various reference images and other information about things like tile, fixtures and landscaping inspiration.
    • I keep all of my contractors’ estimates and quotes for materials in Evernote.
    • I always use the email to Evernote feature to email notes out to my architect, contractor, sharing reference images with them and exchanging other information about the project.

Life Meets Work: Tim Walker

I Use Evernote for Work
Our agency has two offices with a total staff of about 15. As Creative Director, one of my jobs is to keep the staff inspired and to brief them on their work and projects.

  • I use Evernote to clip reference materials every day. When I’m briefing staff on a project, my Evernote files are my first stop for gathering and sharing relevant information and images.
  • I use Evernote on my iPhone for visual note taking.
  • I collect imagery of things like packaging, logo design, signage, and anything that I think might serve as references for our work.
  • For me, Evernote has become the modern version of the morgue or swipe file (the industry name for an inspiration file).

Evernote is the inspiration file for my work.

I Use Evernote for Teaching
As an instructor and lecturer, I rely on Evernote to keep me organized.

  • I keep all my lecture notes organized in a separate notebook in my account.
  • I organize my entire semester in Evernote; I save every PowerPoint file and calendar so that I can always revisit it whenever I begin teaching a new semester. My lectures are essentially archived in Evernote.
  • I can access all my class materials on my phone, which means I can quickly reference them whether I’m in the office, around campus, or at home.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Tim!

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5 Comments RSS

  • BenPal

    Inpiring! Thanks

  • Glenn Theodore

    After viewing many of the “How —– Uses Evernote”, I get it. You can use Evernote to store anything and everything… and I do. What would be more helpful at this point would be to get an idea of “best practices” for what these key people find useful for their organizational strategies: Notebooks, Stacks, Tags, etc. e.g. I understand Guy Kawasaki doesn’t depend on Notebooks or Tags, but simply uses Search. Does he have any special insight for constructing searches. Others I’m sure depend on a more Aristotlean hierarchy. What are some of the good sub-category tag naming systems? etc.

    • Thomas Kernstock

      Check out http://www.thesecretweapon.org/

      I found it very usefull.

    • Thomas Kernstock

      Check out http://www.thesecretweapon.org/

      I found it very usefull.

      • Glenn Theodore

        Thanks. I’ve scanned the info and it looks great for organizing “todo”s. I’m also on the hunt for systematically organizing the tons of info that I store daily for later reference.