Much of the time I spend using my phone is consumption: reading, watching, listening. When I want to create something on my phone, I usually want to get in and get out as quickly as possible. Add something to the grocery list before the garlic I’m cooking starts to smoke. Pay a coworker on Venmo as we walk back to the office from Chipotle. Jot down a movie recommendation from a friend without interrupting our dinner.
The problem is, most of the apps we use aren’t optimized for input. Getting to the place where you create a task, add to a list or enter text usually means 1) Finding the correct app, 2) opening it and waiting for it to load, 3) finding the button or tab to get to compose mode, and then 4) doing what you came to do. Sometimes you have to do even more navigating to find the right file, list, or friend to message. This might only take a few seconds, but when you’re cooking, talking, or navigating pedestrian traffic, a few seconds can feel like forever.
I wanted to see if I could get those four steps down to one, so I built Input.