The Omni Show: How Dr. Luc P. Beaudoin Creates “Cognitive Productivity” Software

This week, Andrew welcomes Luc P. Beaudoin, Ph.D., creator of the Hook app for macOS and author of “Cognitive Productivity.” Luc led the development of cognitive productivity software at Simon Fraser University, where he’s an adjunct professor of cognitive science and education.

Luc’s work, intertwined with his interest in project management and visual communication tools, led him to OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle, which he uses to build intuitive software based on his cognitive research. The study of cognitive science has influenced every facet of Luc’s life, especially when it comes to creating human-centric software that helps people become more productive individuals. For him, the goal of cognitive productivity software should be to enable people to develop applicable skills that make them better people, not just to (in his words), “memorize stuff.” His desire to help people spend less time searching for notes, images, and other information to stay in the zone during the creative process inspired him build Hook, an app that enables users to instantly “hook” relevant links to another resource that can be easily recalled when needed on Mac, the web, or in the cloud.

To learn more about Luc’s ongoing Hook projects and how he’s integrated OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, and OmniOutliner into every aspect of his work—and how you can obtain a discounted version of “Cognitive Productivity”—tune in to The Omni Show.

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