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Clutch Pencil

Pencils are often the disposable cousin of the pen for many people. Conversely the Cluth Pencil by German company Fürst are durable clean graphite stick pencils. The bright colors remind me of the Swiss colored pencils of my child hood from CARAN d’ACHE. One of my favorite features is a sharpener integrated into the push-button.

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Google Glass

Of all the cool new interface experiments out there Google Glass is in my opinion the one with the greatest chances of disrupting the norm. It is also one of the most different marriages of product and interface that has been unveiled in the past few years. Through the super powerful and realistic point-of-view capturing people will be able to to see the world through each others glasses. If in the future viewing the world through other peoples eyes becomes more of a convention it will have some interesting potential effects on social disparity and anthropology. If you are interested in trying to get your hands on them you can hashtag a tweet to #ifihadglass or a Google+ post on +ProjectGlass telling them what you would do if you had a pair.

Squarespace Note

Squarespace has helped to redefine how small display and consumer oriented websites can be built, implemented, and maintained. Their product is simple, beautiful, and easy to use. So of course anything else they launch would by proxy share these sensibilities, right? Surprisingly they were even able to simplify functionality and goals of their new app further. Squarespace Note is a beautifully elegant way to record ideas. Open the app type in an idea and swipe to send it to your email, Evernote, Dropbox, Facebook, or Twitter. Definitely me new favorite app download for my iPhone.

Pixel Ruler

Sketches and wireframes are one of the most important steps in strong web design and user experience. Especially when we are talking about responsive design and designing for a wide range of devices and potential viewports. UI Stencils has made it their mission to create tools to make the analog sketching process more aligned with the language of the web and computers. Their most recent creation has me nerd’ing out something fierce. The Pixel Ruler is a nice heavy weight machined steel ruler which measures pixels instead of inches or centimeters, and the scale is 150 pixels per inch.

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Zai Higo

Simple, utilitarian, beautiful. Those are the first three adjectives that come to mind when I saw these tools designed by Kacper Hamilton for Swiss ski company Zai. Both the name and design pay homage to the Japanese Higonokami (“Higo”) crafted by metal smiths for centuries. The design and manufacturing follow in the footsteps of the original Higo craftsmen, with the utmost attention to detail. Another element that Zai requested was for the entire tool to take up the least amount of space as possible, or order to make the tool as efficient as possible for skiers and backpackers to stow.

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Palomino Blackwing

A rerelease from Eberhard-Faber the 1930s the Palomino Blackwing is an amazing writing and drawing utensil. The Blackwing is known to have been used by some greats such as John Steinbeck, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and Chuck Jones, who used it to sketch Bugs Bunny. That’s a pencil with some history.

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AP London Olympics

For the 2012 London Olympics the Associated Press has integrated some new DSLR robotic systems allowing them to capture images never before possible. The rigs controlled remotely using joysticks can pan and zoom and shoot multiple frames per second, making sure they snap the optimal shot. These setups were developed completely custom by AP for these events and venues of the Olympics, but I am sure some of the technology will trickle down to open market soon.

Friedrich Air Conditioning App

The new Friedrich Airconditioning App is a great example of how software is more regularly being applied to the control of a physical interaction. I am unsure of my feelings on the subject, but I am definitely interested to see it in action. The coolest part is the ability to access and control the unit remotely through wireless. I know we all would relish in the ability to save energy by not leaving our AC on all day, but still be assured that after a sweltering commute home our apartment is sufficiently refrigerated.


Finding a good drawing or sketchbook app for the iPad has been an ongoing and annoying search since I got my iPad nearly 8 months ago. Finally Paper has emerged to fill the void. Created by the awesome folks over at Fifty Three, the app has a multitude of great features including an array of drawing and painting tools which all work amazingly well.

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Pen Type-A

I always keep a pen on my for sketching ideas that come to mind or taking notes, but I have never been able to compel myself to keep a ruler on me at all times. Pen Type-A solves this problem by not forcing me to carry another object. Both are a singular entity until you need to use them and the pen simply unscrews from the cylinder within the ruler. Designed by CW&T is definitely one of those objects that I could justify purchasing because I know I would take it everywhere and use it every single day.

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The Ui Toolkit

The UI Toolkit is definitely one of those things I have been waiting for. Both simple and comprehensive it is far more than a texture pack, but also leaves plenty of space to be creative with the elements. The toolkit is the debut product from the wonderful folks over at UI Parade, so make sure to purchase a copy to help support their awesome site(it’s only $8 dollars).

The Carpenter

Dimitris Ladopoulos is a Greek director making a short film series about people who work and make things with their hands. One of the first shorts from the series is this one entitled The Carpenter, with beautifully simple motion graphics and a true craftsman at work lathing a dowel into it’s nearly finished form. It brings me back to my childhood and the countless hours spent watching and helping my dad in his wood shop.

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Lookwork Launches

Lookwork, because Ben Pieratt is a genius and starting one revolutionary web app (svpply) isn’t enough. Lookwork is part feed reader, and part searchable stream of inspiration. Similarly to svpply you can filter your stream to find something more specific and even follow other folks to keep tabs on what they are looking at.

Part of why Ben Pieratt’s work in web applications sets a gold standard is due to the fact that he understands a complicated or rich UI should never take away from a user’s ability to complete the their goals. I think everyone designing for the web can and should take some notes from Ben on interface design, and also the problems his apps solve.

Doxie Go

Doxie is preordering their new scanner the Doxie Go now. A fresh mobile approach to scanning the go can scan directly to your computer, iPhone, iPad, post directly to Flickr, or even into Dropbox. The future of scanning is here!

Stamp Sheet Wall Planner

The Stamp Sheet Wall Planner is another beautiful piece from the brains over at Present & Correct. This amazing wall calendar is a beautiful new way to count down the days in a year, and also to be inspired to make something everyday.

How I Give Presentations With the iPad

Self proclaimed “writer who draws” Austin Kleon has made this fun little illustration to demonstrate how he uses his iPad in place of a laptop when giving presentations.

Golden Grid System

Responsive web design is becoming increasingly integral to all things built for the web these days. It is not enough to have a website and an app. it also needs to be possible for your users to log on from any mobile internet device. Whether it be Blackberry, Android, iPhone or a type of tablet having a sitebuilt with flexibility in mind is key.

Since responsive web design is still young there are few great resources for creating a simple functional folding grid system. Joni Korpi a Finish web designer has created the 960 Grid System of responsive site design perfectly named as Golden Grid System. The key features of GGS are the fluid grid, with folding columns, elastic gutters, and a zoomable baseline grid. In addition it comes with Golden Gridlet a script, which allows you to see the grid overlay so you can easily check your math.

Type Everything

If there was ever a time to trade in the tumblr blogs you follow for new kind of blog porn it’s now. Type Everything is equal parts type porn and resource with posts ranging from such a wide array of periods contemporary and vintage to futuristic and experimental. This is a place where your fetish for terminals can really run wild.

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Desk It

Since TeuxDeux went beta I was lucky enough to have a user account and that was more or less the end of my paper todo list writing. I wax nostalgic looking at Desk-It whose design and format makes me miss the feeling of scratching out my tasks on paper. You can pick Desk-It up from Poketo for a reasonable $10.

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Leica Lenses

Anybody who knows even the smallest bit about cameras or photography knows that Leica is at the top of the game. That is mainly due to the fact that their optics are second to none. This video detailing the process for me just confirms what I already kind of knew. Leica is serious about their product. Putting it through thorough testing at every stage, assembled, and hand finished by specialists is just another testament to the level of excellence their product exudes.

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