For creative professionals, the pen and the ruler are among the most iconic of traditional drawing and writing tools. In their search for ways to bring the character and craft of hand work into digital environments, Adobe partnered with Ammunition on its first foray into hardware with Ink and Slide, a cloud-connected stylus and a digital ruler.
Our challenge in designing Ink and Slide was to get the form language, the feel, and the integration into Adobe’s products right, while also creating objects that are both beautiful and alluring. Inspired by the triangular rubber pencil grips used by young schoolchildren, the twisted shape of Ink’s hydroformed aluminum body provides a comfortable grip that enables more natural and precise drawing. We designed the stylus end with a glowing LED that communicates with the user, allowing them to have a personalized color identity, feedback on battery charge, connection to the iPad and more. The end also snaps into a magnetic cap that serves as a USB charger and a desktop stand. Slide was designed to work as a companion for Ink, taking a modern twist on traditional tools used before computer graphics and desktop publishing. It enables precision sketching—straight lines, perfect circles and balanced shapes on the iPad.