Just ordered mine. What about you?
This is awesome. Makes me wish I was an artist.
Be sure to check out the making of video as well.
UPDATE: I was finally able to embed this thing. Chrome was giving me some problems. Enjoy.
Today, I saw this inspiring slideshow on my friend Hoo’s site. It has very good pointers on redeeming time. I’ve been very busy the last several months, but I know that there were pockets of time that I just let slip away. I’m glad that no one was following me with a camera every day because I don’t want to know what all those little moments add up to.
I must have subconsciously known that I had been wasting time here and there because I’ve been listening to my GTD audio book on the way to and from work again. My mind was trying to tell me that I was not taking advantage of EVERY moment and could have been doing more by being more organized and staying current.
Well, the massive project that we’ve been working on all year will reach a milestone this week where the work will taper off and I’ll get even more breathing room. It’s nice to know where the finish line is. But even if I didn’t get a break, I know that I’m re-implementing the tools and habits that will allow me achieve a “mind like water“.
Thanks to Brian over at Ink Nouveau for catching this on CBS. This segment touches on how we are writing less and less since typewriters came along and how time devoted to teaching penmanship in the classroom has diminished. They also mention Spencerian Penmanship, the Palmer Method of Business Writing and how apparently my penmanship peaked when I was in the 4th grade.
Well, from Mexico anyway. In February Rad and Hungry will start shipping their STMT X Mexico kit. It will include “two pencils, one notebook, and one phat pack of labels”. When Hen from Rad and Hungry sent me an email and pic of what they are sending this month I immediately had flashbacks. When I was a kid and visiting family in Mexico, I used to walk down to the local book/stationery store and buy some of the Scribe notebooks and notepads. The notebooks that I bought looked a little different than the ones that RnH are sending out (it was about 25+ years ago – so you get an idea of about how long I’ve lived with this addiction), but I remember they always had headings on the pages. I would get them and write all kinds of nonsensical things in there. I would write just to write and fill them up, then get another.
In searching for ones that might look like the ones that I used to have, I found the Scribe commercial below called “World of Paper” (literal translation) which shows other notebooks that they offer at the end.
I’m definitely getting in on this STMT X Mexico kit. We shall just have to see how many I procure.
Renaissance Art makes beautiful handcrafted leather journals, journal covers, laptop bags, and much more. This particular video is about the paper that they use in their 9 x 12 refillable journals. It’s fountain pen friendly 120g Arches Text Wove and they tear it to give it that rustic look.
Because it’s neat and legible. Doug Patt is an architect and the man behind How to Architect. It’s a very informative site about architecture, design and some famous architects. His most popular video is one called How to Write Like an Architect that is basically a tutorial on writing letters in the same manner that architects write them on blue prints and designs. I especially liked this newer video on why to write because he refers to that Wall Street Journal article I posted about talking about the benefits of physically writing things down. Plus, his writing is very neat. And from another video that I saw, he doesn’t need that little triangle.
His site is full of many interesting videos including how to draw a floor plan, show elevation, and draw a perspective. It’s worth a look.
There is a good article on the Wall Street Journal Online about recent research that shows that handwriting using a writing instrument on paper, or at least a stylus on a tablet, helps your brain’s cognitive abilities. See? More ammo to tell people that ask you why you’re still carrying pens and pencils around…in your wrap.