The Take Note online exhibition (November, 2012) has some amazing and beautiful works. I previously wrote about the conference as the history of mobile writing, and there’s also good coverage of the event in the Boston Globe: Hidden in notes, the secrets of history. Here I’ll tour through some of my favorite aspects of the online archive.
A human and his coauthor, a machine:
I love the way these hand forms from 1463 are both cartoonish (human) and regularized (iconic).
A textbook example:
Today we think of useful annotation space as being only available in the margins; here a textbook on Virgil was designed for students to write their own interpretations between the lines of the poem. (It would seem that 16th century students did not sell their textbooks at the end of the semester, but their 18th century peers apparently did pirate them.)
Turtles all the way down:
This treatise on note-taking emphasized the value of random access to notes, and so recommends that readers bind slips of papers inside their volumes.
And finally, a case for digital annotations:
You can turn them off.