Technology giant Apple recently announced "Paper" as its top pick for App of the Year for i-Pads.
A former Alaskan who is now living in Connecticut co-founded the app that incorporates the user's creative style by turning the i-Pad into a colorful sketchpad to jot down ideas.
Andrew Allen, who grew up in Bethel, Alaska co-founded a New York-based company FiftyThree and the i-Pad app "Paper" with three others.
Allen said he and his partners Georg Petschnigg, Julian Walker, and Jon Harris wanted to design an app that would bring creativity to people by capturing ideas.
They began building the app in June 2011 and launched it in March 2012, and it has since been downloaded more than 4 million times.
Allen said it took 11 months for his team to build the app and they're excited to be recognized for their work by Apple.
"You know, you look at past winners and some of them are in productivity, but mostly they’re sort of games and consumption-based apps. We think this hopefully starts to mark something of a transition towards creativity apps," Allen said.
Allen said the key to designing the app was keeping it simple and keeping it beautiful.