Bid to reinvent architects’ tool drawing online attention

August 5 2015, 5.00amUpdated: April 23 2016, 5.20pm

A Perth architect is in a race against time to raise €65,000 for his new drawing tool for the iPad.

Former Perth Academy pupil David Craig has spent more than two years developing his design for a new stylus named Scriba that can be used to draw creatively and efficiently directly on to the screen of an iPad or the iPhone.

He now has until August 12 to raise the cash he needs through an online Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to bring his invention to market.

With just over a week left, Scriba has secured more than €44,000 towards his goal.

“Scriba is aimed at creative people who either draw for a living or hobby, and the design allows them to quickly and efficiently get their ideas down,” the Dublin-based entrepreneur said.

“Using Bluetooth, Scriba communicates functions such as line thickness that is controlled through a gentle squeezing motion to the app.”

He was a key player in the BCDH Architects partnership team that won a competition to build Dublin’s U2 Tower, which attracted 600 global entries back in 2003.

“When we commenced the design development of the U2 Tower scheme it was increased in height from 78m to 140m, making it by far the tallest building in the state, with recording studios for Bono and the boys on the top floor,” Mr Craig said.

“The building was to have over 200 apartments, a gallery, band accommodation etc. The design team was selected from all over the world and the scheme was cutting edge on so many levels.

“The band became involved in different aspects of design, primarily for the 100m2 recording studio and outdoor spaces that would have had incredible views over Dublin.

“The project went out to tender in November 2006 but sadly that coincided with the beginning of the end for the Irish construction industry.”

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