Rethinking Roam

by Ross Gebhart

I've been a long time fan of the note-taking app Roam Research. After reading the book Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens I immediately fell in love with the concept of networked thought and organizing my notes using the "zettelkasten" method.

The idea behind this method is that you can just dump all your notes into a single giant database and use connections (or backlinks) to build a network of new thoughts and connections. So I've been dumping all of my Kindle highlights and previous book notes along with new notes that I create through my daily journaling practice into Roam. Roam Research is the pioneer in this category of note-taking apps and until recently had no other rival.

A few weeks ago, I discovered a new note taking app called Craft. After trialing the app for over a week, I have made the decision to switch notes apps. While I love the concept of networked thought that Roam employs, as a designer I have never been thrilled with the actual user experience of Roam Research. There are NO native apps for iPhone or Mac.

When I learned that Craft had implemented backlinks in a similar way to Roam but had native iOS and macOS apps I was intrigued. The thought and care that has gone into the design and user experience of Craft is immediately obvious. There are very thoughtful user interactions and animations that make using Craft a pleasure. So far I've been able to continue my daily writing and journaling practices and have also been able to network and connect new notes in Craft just as well as I was in Roam. Go check out Craft app →

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