A trend for 2011 has been the re-emergence of the post-it. This week, at Apple stores across the world, it was the low-tech post-it note that people used to pay tribute to the hi-tech visionary Steve Jobs.
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In London over the summer, we had the Peckham Peace Wall after the riots. People expressed their frustration, shock and optimism on notes stuck to a boarded-up discount shop.
Photo credit: Flickr user Celie
In Paris, there was even La guerre des Post-Its. Office workers competed over who could make the best art from the sticky notes.
Photo credit: postitwar.com
What is it about the post-it note that makes it popular now?
Low-tech. Physical. Mobile. Playful. Free from rules of grammar and etiquette. Anonymous. I guess all of these.
Post-Its were massively useful for me over the summer as I ordered my thoughts on old postcards for my dissertation. Not just because they were easy to move about but because they made me engage with the form - the short, written message.
There's more in this... any thoughts?