Scriba is an application that reproduces the ritual of writing a personal letter, capturing beyond the keyboard. Laura Boffi, Pedro Nakazato, Ishac Bertran. Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, 2010.

Leaving traces on a digital letter.

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

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. Scriba is a process that allows to capture beyond the media you are writing upon, by reflecting the influences of the environment around you and the time impressed upon the content in the letter's physical outcome.

Scriba aims to enable the user to experience the same process of writing a personal letter while creating it on the computer. On one hand, Scriba allows you to focus on your letter by isolating you to 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. Th is is why even leaving traces of your errors could be precious for building the message of your letter.

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