Archive for August, 2010

re:sources | artisanal pencil sharpening

Looking for that perfect back-to-school gift? The one you never knew you needed? The one that honors craft, writing and thoughtfulness? I have just the thing….artisanal pencil sharpening.

You can’t deny the beauty of a freshly groomed pencil. Back to school, while painful when done pre-Labor Day, is made just little more bearable by fragrant shavings, perfect points and a neat row of yellow sticks. If you feel the same way, check out Artisanal Pencil Sharpening.

From their website: REACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE PLEASURES OF A HAND-SHARPENED PENCIL. In New York’s Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. His artisanal service is perfect for artists, writers, and standardized test takers. Shipped with their shavings and a “certificate of sharpening,” these extra-sharp pencils make wonderful gifts.

Even the LA Times says this is the NBT (next big thing…I just made that up…if I had an artisanally sharpened pencil, I’ll bet I could be even more clever).

I love this quote:

“With an electric pencil sharpener, a pencil is meat,” Rees said. “It’s this thoughtless, Brutalist aesthetic. For me, it’s almost a point of pride that I would be slower than an electric pencil sharpener.”

And this one:

“Nobody else is doing what I do,” he said. “I guarantee an authentic interaction with your pencil. What mechanical pencil sharpener can say that? The X-ACTO XLR 1818? The Royal 16959T?  Don’t make me laugh.”

“I’m going to have this nice, authentic, considered reaction with your pencil,” Rees said. “I just want to treat it with respect. And get it really freaking sharp.”

You gotta love it.  I think I will make do with my electric sharpener for now. But I can dream…

Thanks to Design Mom for the find.


the great typo hunt

My favorite designers share my obsession with typos. We live in fear of them, and actually lose sleep over the possibility of making one, or not catching one. And if the unthinkable happens, we are appalled. Humiliated. Probably in all uppercase and 24 point type. Wine is certainly required.

Good news my friends, we’re not alone.

Want more? Here’s the website. And the book.

Now, aren’t you going to sleep a little better tonight, knowing that Jeff Deck and Ben Herson are out there making the world safer from errant letters and misplaced punctuation?

bike art to go

I live in one of the most bicycle-friendly towns in America, Davis CA, and pretty much adore all things bicycle. Including these posters.

Eleanor Grosch at Poster Cabaret.

Stumptown Printing at Buy Olympia.

Jackson Creek Press.

Hero Design Studio.

The Keep Calm Shop on Etsy.

From Small Stakes, via BB Blinks.