Unless you have a 3-in-1 printer providing you with your scanning needs, you probably don’t have  separate scanner for your office needs.

And even if you do, the process of warming up, scanning, and making sure you scanned it properly probably takes a little longer than it actually should.

But if you have an iPhone, you can just use that. Really.

Kyle A Koch (kyleakoch.com), a clever industrial design student at the University of Cincinnati school of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) has the solution.

Often using his iPhone to capture photos of class assignments and other documents for a backup, he wanted to come up with something that would create a clearer, consistent picture – and thus, developed the iPhone Document Scanner.

All you need is a little MDF, with a touch of smarts – his handy how-to is  relatively good-proof – and its free, too.

The design is clean (pending your carpentry skills), and the photos look good, too.

And to organize it all after the fact? Pair it with Evernote (evernote.com), a helpful application to keep your life just a little more structured.

Image courtesy of kyleakoch.com