I was at a color consulting job last week and before I could pull out my color samples, my client whipped out her own fan deck. The rod that typically holds the deck together broke a while ago so she replaced it with a piece of shoelace. I marveled at how much easier it was to work with a fan deck in this loose design.
Of course, using a fan deck in its standard form is far from arduous. But the deck can feel annoyingly tight to me. With the shoelace solution, it was so much easier to rule out color groups by just swooshing them out of the way, while pulling others forward.
Thanks Ellen, for this "necessity is the mother of invention" solution!