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As you guys know, I was in San Francisco this weekend for the Evernote Trunk Conference where I spoke on the uses of Evernote in the daily life of a design/lifestyle blogger.   It was mostly to an audience of people who had a background in development (either for this app or others) and were interested to hear of the regular users take on the application.  I also got to hear a bunch of other inspiring people (like the founder of Uppercase magazine) talk about their uses for it as well!

If you don’t know about Evernote, it is a free app (for iphone, ipad, and computer download) which allows you to save ‘notes’ that can be organized, tagged and saved on any of your devices, and then retrieved from any of your other devices.  I use it a ton because I have a terrible memory and literally have to write everything down.  The random post-it notes and emails to myself were getting a little disorganized, so I started using evernote. I wanted to give you guys some details because it’s so so helpful to collect design inspiration and sources all in one place.

Above is a screenshot of my ‘homepage’ which shows my last several saved notes.  Its laid out kind of like an email inbox, but each note shows a snippet of a photo, which is so helpful for finding something visual.  If I’m looking for GOLD things in a product round up, I can scan the thumbnails and pick out from all of the notes I’ve saved.

More than that, however, you can tag your notes (in my case they’re mostly photos) with any keywords you want.  Later, I can search by keyword to find exactly what I’m looking for.  One photo might get ten keywords, but it helps me to recover the idea later on.  Some of these things are clipped from a website (using their web clipper) and some are photos I took with my iphone in a store and saved to evernote.

Another amazing detail? The webclipper saves all of the URLs for me.  One of the hardest things for me (in life and in blogging) is remembering where I saw something.  I started clipping from the web and Evernote it stores the webpage for me.  That’s how I can recall some of the more obscure finds that I may feature.

I don’t want this to sound like a big advertisement.  I don’t work for evernote, and they don’t pay me anything, I just love it.  It’s a free app and helps me by working as an ‘external brain’.  It could definitely be helpful to anyone who is looking for a place to capture inspiration (and the sources) that can be accessed from anywhere.  If you want to know more about it, give me a shout and we can chat!

Have a wonderful Monday!