The folks behind the start-up Easy, Tiger are rocking the local KC scene with their inventive card vending machines in area coffee shops as well as their pop-up shop on First Fridays in the Crossroads. For those folks outside the KC area, you can purchase their unique, witty cards, tees and prints from their online shop.It’s not as fun as pulling the handle on a vending machine but the cards are just as cool.
The 2-person team has created an assortment of tees, cards and prints and the web site is hinting at journals being on the horizon. I can’t wait to see the journals!
Tees sell for $19.99.
These are a few of my favorite cards. Fun, playful and everyday sendable. Each card is $2.49.
The new print is a gold foil stamped design on black paper. It’s 13×19″ and sells for $24.99. The perfect gift for the champ in your life.
Easy, Tiger have kindly offered a prize package that will include a print, a tee and an assortment of cards. Please tell me what your favorite Easy, Tiger card is in the comments to be entered to win.
FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, December 13, 2013. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Monday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner (this means that international readers are welcome to enter if you’re willing to pay for postage. If not, please do not enter this giveaway). We are generous but we’re not made of money.
The Write Notepads & Co. is a Baltimore-based notebook manufacturer. Their notebooks feature a heavy kraft card stock cover that it letterpress printed with their logo on the standard edition or with their own creation, the Paul South figure on the specially made left-handed edition that features the spiral rings on the right-hand side.
Letterpress, locally-made, fountain pen friendly and lefty-centric? What’s not to love?
Both versions of the notebook are available in a small, 3.5×5.5″ pocket size and a larger 5.5×8.5″ A5-ish size. All versions come with either lined or plain paper. Prices are $8 for a small and $16 for a large and include a Write Notepads-printed, oversized rubber band to hold the book closed.
(tip o’ the hat to Inkdependence. Check out their post for a detailed review as well.)
I work in Adobe Illustrator a lot and the pen tool which allows me to work with bezier curves uses a fountain pen nib as its icon. WHAM! Both of my worlds collide. When I saw the Vector Scouts Field Kit from Vector Mill, its seemed like an obvious match. The set includes a Moleskine Cahier printed with the Vector Scout logo — bezier curve lines and the iconic, graphic pen nib — and wrapped with a decorative, paper band. There is also a matching sticker and embroidered patch in the kit, all for $20. Most of the products sold by Vector Mill are icons, patterns and brushes to be used in Illustrator but anyone who wields a vector pen tool might appreciate the “Field Kit.”
(via Vector Mill)
I’ve been using Kaweco inks by the cartridge for all my Kaweco Sport fountain pens (when I’m not syringe filling) but I’m delighted to have the opportunity to use the inks in the more economical bottled versions. There are eight colors currently available: brown, midnight blue, palm green, paradise blue, pearl black, royal blue, ruby red, and summer purple. I assume these colors align with the cartridge colors. Each bottle is 30ml and sells for $15.75.
(via Anderson Pens)
Ben Kilb for The New York Times
The NY Times posted an article about Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell. To call the Count the Crown Prince of Pencils would probably be accurate. Read on…
(via NY Times)
The new American educational curriculum called the Common Core State Standards Initiative is being discussed in the news in part because cursive writing is no longer going to be required instruction. Handwriting instruction has been waning and many states have already chosen not to require it. A national chance in teaching strategies in the US will pretty much guarantee that the few remaining states teaching it, will abandon it as well.
I’m at a loss what to say. So much more is gained in learning penmanship beyond merely the skill to read and write the characters: motor skills, brain pathways, patience and so much more…
I won’t rant here, but there’s plenty of other people who have said it:
Some links from the graphics (couldn’t find the Washington Post article):
(graphic via Montessorium)