Finally a PC that Every Designer has Dreamed About!

By Brian Ling January 26, 2008


Check out this very clever Napkin PC designed by Avery Holleman that is perfect for collaborating designers. Using e-ink and RF technology it allows designers to draw in colour and skip the very tedious stage of transferring the sketch into a digital format.

Just perfect. Hang on I said that already! But it really is, just perfect for designers and how we need our computers to function during our idea creation process.

Avery has done a great job illustrating the design in a scenario based presentation, so much so that I’ll let the images do the talking. (Note to Design Students: this is how a good scenario story board should be done!)










If anyone has a link to Avery’s website or portfolio please let me know?
Edit: Check out Avery’s other portfolio work here and fixed his mis-spelled name. Thanks Mike and apologies to Avery for the typo.

Via: My friends from Yanko Design

Brian Ling

Brian is the Founder and Design Director at Design Sojourn, a Design Led Innovation Consultancy. He is a multi-award winning design leader, and specialises in strategic design and innovation programs that drive successful organisations. Brian’s 20-year career in design, driven through a deep understanding of human behavior, spans over multiple domains such as consumer electronics, government, healthcare, non-profit agencies, hospitality, F&B, retail, online solutions and best in class service experiences.

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I would love to get my hand on that PC. It really looks awesome.


The technology behind this PC design is simply amazing. I really want one.


Avery – Rock on man, I had to do a doubletake to see you’re a student – awesome thinking, great design, excellent presentation

sdl – dude your life must be so full of shit, it’s spilling over. Here are some quick practical suggestions for you:
1. Take a breath, chill out, stop talking, smell the clean air
2. Drop the type A personality thing, it’ll kill you sooner
3. RESPECT other’s work and opinions
4. If you’re going to critisize do it constructively
5. See if you can actually learn something from others

Now that you’re all relaxed and smooth we can talk


At least he posted something, why be mean about it. if you think you can improve then get off your arse and do it.

Wow that’s a really cool concept. You never know in the future it could come to reality. But hey guys as I read through this stuff there is a lot of positive stuff but then there is all the flaming going on. Hey it’s an idea. You gotta start somewhere right? So quit flaming the designer and every one else. Just give your suggestions in a way that doesn’t demean the other guy. Or even better. If you think you know how to make the napkin work. DO IT. My props to the designer. If you ever get this thing… Read more »
I love the idea. I don’t think inductive power is practical for this application however. There is a further issue of getting the data from the napkin to the main unit (maybe I missed it). As a concept, its wonderful. So instead of just bashing Avery, lets help him develop it a little more, ie why can’t he use inductive charging? Are there other ways of applying power, like a quick/easy connector system? How about foil batteries that increase the thickness a little bit? Is there anything on the horizon besides e-ink that could be used as a display with… Read more »

im a student in the industrial design program at auburn. i promise you,, this is exactly the kind of stuff they are giving A’s for. they teach designers in indd. not engineers, the engineering, well thats across campus. frankly, i think indd should work more with the engineers, but it doesnt work that way. wish id have thought of it.


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