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Beer Friday: Angel City Brewery

As the cold and gloom seems to just keep dragging on we are escaping to the more pleasant climes of the West Coast. In honor of this little journey I thought for Beer Friday this week it only made sense to feature something California related. Luckily I recently heard about Angel City Brewery and their mission to revitalize the old Eastside Brewery. Los Angeles is rarely on anyone’s mind when they think of the craft beer movement that is speckled across the Western edge of the country. With a space historically built for brewing and a vibrant nod to that past ACB looks like it is poised to make a nice change in the suds scene in LA. Excited to go an check it out on this visit.

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Graphic Means

Some people may argue, but I think there is always room for another graphic design related documentary. Graphic Means just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign. Film maker and director Briar Levit aims to explore and share the techniques and tools behind the profession.

Paperspace, A Better Computer

It seems like in the current startup culture each new idea seems more bleak and boring than the last. Thankfully Paperspace has offered some much needed light in the otherwise dark bland technology landscape. The strongest part of their idea will also present the most difficult problem to solve, which is simplifying access and configuration of remote computing power. I am excited to see how their product evolves and what effect they have on personal and enterprise computing.

Peek Calendar

For all the time we spending using calendars, todo lists, and organization tools both digital and analog. It is very apparent that most of them force the user to bend to the will of the program and its capabilities. Peek offers a “more human” approach that includes smile intuitive touch interactions paired with fun sounds and a shake for a recommendation of sorts that is the delight calendars have been missing. Some of the things that a user may encounter could help make you a better friend or make you enjoy life a little more fully. Kudos to the folks at Peek for taking a different approach to a, usually mundane digital product. Pop over to the App Store and give it a try.


Both my parents have collected matchboxes from their travels, near and far for all my life. Somewhere along the way I started a collection of my own. The design and function matchboxes as an object are usually distinctly separate and usually intend to convey the brand or message of the place they are from first and accomplish the task of creating fire second. Strike is a collection of reimagined matchboxes that come in fun colors and a variety of sizes. Clara von Zweigbergk and Shane Schneck teamed up to design the set for HAY, the Danish product design studio.

The common matchbox is used almost exclusiving for advertising while the intricate red phosphorus pattern along the sides are secondary to the advert. Strike honors the activity of creating a flame.


For urban dwellers space is always a precious commodity. Despite that using self-storage always seems like a serious hassle. Hurray the internet has swooped in to simplify and improve another space. Enter MakeSpace, a new way to do storage with a streamlined pick and drop off system which can be accessed from your computer or smartphone. You can also quickly access your storage inventory on the go and request a delivery of a bin or item. This should hopefully free up some extra square footage for New Yorkers.

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Pencil Stylus by 53

FiftyThree has had such a great trajectory and continued success since they launched Paper, which was their first product. It went on to be named App of the Year by Apple and even lead to a collaboration with Moleskine to deliver their second product ‘Book’. Now in a way they are trying to complete the circle or at the very least round out their product offering with the beautifully crafted wooden styles. Simply called Pencil Stylus. The implement both improves the user experience of the Paper app and makes the tactility of using the app far more pleasing. Not to mention the Pencil Stylus is made of a beautiful wood with a very visible grain and a rich dark varnish. Also make sure to watch the video after the jump.

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Makr × Monster Children × Leatherman

To celebrate their 10th Anniversary Monster Children teamed up with one of my favorite companies Makr and the badass utility tool makers Leatherman to release a commemorative case and wrench. The resulting 10 Year Tool lives up to the MC name and the quality of collaborators shows through in every detail.

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Gerber Tactical Pen

At campsite we take our writing implements extremely seriously. Usually tending towards the Pilot Precise or the ever pervasive Microns. We are also inclined towards utensils that have been built to be abused and still last. Taking your pen and note book with you everywhere starts to wear on a pen pretty quickly. The paper doesn’t need to make the long haul, but the pen does. The Impromptu Tactical Pen from Gerber is an American made field ready writing tool that I would definitely like to tote with me threw my daily battles. Or should I say meetings.

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Every printer I have ever used always has an annoying way of loading paper and also has so many seemingly useless parts and pieces. Mugi Yamamoto‘s Stack design really pairs it back to the bare essentials. The inkjet printer sits right atop the stack of paper and uses gravity to feed the paper.

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Poler and Stumptown Collaboration

For those of us who enjoy great coffee and the outdoors Poler and Stumptown Coffee Roasters have collaborated on a little coffee survival kit that you will really enjoy. The collaboration consists of a custom Poler pack with 2 branded enamelware mugs, Porlex JP-30 Burr Grinder, AeroPress Kit, and a 12 ounce bag of Holler Mountain Coffee. Any camping trip or beachside vacation would be drastically improved by purchasing and packing one of these kits. It also wouldn’t be too shabby a gift. I know there are quite a few birthdays in the not so distant future, wink wink.

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Simon & Me Compass

Now that we all have smart phones in our pockets the usefulness of a compass has been severely diminished. Designed by Simon & Me this compass is a beautiful object. You can pop over to Heldth and pick one up.

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Adobe Lightroom 5

This video is a rare behind the scenes look at the images Tolleson developed for Adobe to promote the release of Lightroom 5. Deep in the woods of Northern California amongst the redwood and moss a complex arrangement of LED tube lights were architected to create an other worldly space. The resulting images of the sculpture are meant to communicate how light can alter how we see or perceive things.

Borough Furnace

Cast iron skillets and pans have always been one of my cooking essentials. That said it is one of those utilitarian objects we have all grown accustomed to and that has been given very little design attention in recent history. In a small veggie oiled powered workshop way out in Syracuse, NY a pair of cousins are giving the beloved skillets a much needed update. In addition to a more contemporary look Borough Furnace’s pans are sporting a 100% recycled scrap iron base which is a nice added bit of forethought.

Helio Shower

For me summer brings with it a ton outdoor activities, which bring with them their fair share of dirt and sweat. The Nemo Helio Pressure Shower is an awesome little package. The portable welded fabric water tank heats up in the sunlight and has a foot pump for pressurizing the water stream. A quick warm shower after a hike or a climb would be really awesome. I am definitely going to pick one of these up.

(via Bless This Stuff »)

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Beams & Kelty Pack

My obsessive nature lends itself to organization and this set of travel packs has some really great potential uses in my mind. The bags are a collaboration between Beams and Kelty and they are available in their online shop.

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The Hives

Whether it is for home or office I am always looking for simple a simple storage solution for all of the small knick knacks such as pens, clips, and the like. These stacking boxes designed by Perrine Vigneron for a Y’as Pas Le Feu Au Lac called Hives are perfect.

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Wilson Keyring

I have always tended toward the functionality of a carabiner for carrying and containing my mess of keys. That said I have recently been looking for a slightly more refined alternative to utilize in the, albeit rare event of having to dress up and attend a more formal event or gathering. Unfortunately for me arriving fashionably late to the party this time means I missed out on the perfect solution. The Wilson Keyring from General Manufacturing Concern had sold out before I came across it. GMC, please create another run of these lovely little key organizers.

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Bester Sharpening Stones

Best Made Co really stands up to their name by designing and producing beautiful handcrafted items. So it stands to reason that a sharpening stone by these guys would also be of the highest grade. These Japanese style wet stones called Bester Sharpening Stones emulate the simple vernacular and palette of their classic counterpart.

The Maker Map

More often than not I find the simplest ideas to be the best. They seem to cut through all the misconceptions of what a website or web application need to be. The Maker Map is a most prime example. It is an open source mapping project with the goal of creating a comprehensive database of the “makers” of the world. A maker can be anyone from a fabricator to an architect and everyone in between, next to or near.

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