The flight of Icarus is my favorite Greek myth, if one can claim a favorite among ancient tales. This simple sketch captures it beautifully.
Surface Pressure for Pencil. Coming This Fall.
FiftyThree, my favorite company of all time (and the one I work for) just announced a new feature for our award-winning stylus, Pencil. This fall, Pencil will get Surface Pressure, a feature that will let you use every side and point of the tip, much like the way you’re used to when using a “real” pencil. Use the wide side for shading and the point for details. You’ll even get greater control over the eraser–use the edge for small mistakes and the broad side for big ones.
As always, I’m proud of my teammates who work hard to improve the things we make every day. Get Pencil here!
dear blue bottle team
Just writing to share a great customer experience at your Williamsburg location this morning – with special praise for JP. At least one morning every weekend, my fiancé Chris and I stop by Blue Bottle for coffee, a biscuit and ham & cheese sandwich. We always have a good breakfast even though service is usually a little hectic. (You guys have a lot of customers! We understand.)
This morning we walked to Blue Bottle with our dog Jack in the 85 degrees. Jack was really starting to feel the heat, but waited patiently for Chris to place our order and get our coffee. JP noticed Jack waiting and looking hot in the sun. Five minutes later, JP came out with a makeshift plastic bowl which he cut and fashioned out of a takeout container, and filled it with water for Jack.
It was a small but kind gesture. Williamsburg can feel overly commercial these days, but the neighborly and thoughtful gesture that JP made will stay with me and Chris for a long time. Thanks for a great morning.
photo used with permission / by alice gao
Chris and I went to see Kishi Bashi last night. We argued all the way there and when we got to the venue, we had another fight. That’s two separate arguments. (We’re skilled like that.) Fuming, I nearly stormed out to go home. The show hadn’t even begun yet. It was 10:30.
But, as it usually goes when we upset one another, Chris apologized first and persuaded me to stay.
The concert turned out to be one of the best live performances we’d ever seen. Beaming in the afterglow, we walked home, his hands in mind.
Once home, we picked another fight. (This time about the dog.)
And so it goes. That’s Life.
epilogue premiere on short of the week
Last year, my good friend Eddy Vallante produced a short film called Epilogue about what happens after the superhero kills the bad guy and saves the girl. “Epilogue” premieres today on Short of the Week. Watch it here.
(So proud of you, Eddy!)
My friends Little Daylight are making their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:30am EST! You can’t. miss. this.
My friends at Little Daylight are doin’ it. Ten-song album will be out this July and they’re making their big television debut on May 21st with a performance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers!”
Today I am bowling to help disadvantaged women gain access to safe abortions. If you believe in this cause, please donate!
Big Dots Little Dots
Happy to share my new “dot art” made using the new capability in the Paper app update. Hold your finger or stylus on the screen to make bigger dots; short taps make small dots. Works with the eraser, too!
Sharing because the little fox looks like my dog Jack and I just love the color palette of this piece. Additionally, I can’t get enough of this recent colorful discovery…
This morning, my team at FiftyThree published an open letter to Facebook to request that they change the name of their new app, Paper, which is causing confusion among our customers and press who recognize FiftyThree for our award-winning app of the same name. Read our letter here.
Sometimes when I think about my job I become totally overwhelmed by emotion knowing how lucky I am to work at a place like FiftyThree. The feeling is beyond thankfulness. It’s a sense of relief and wonder inspired by being part of something that I thought was irretrievably lost or nonexistent: a fast-growing small company with heart that’s free of ego and small mindedness.
In a city like New York where everyday inconveniences like a frustrating commute or unpleasant interaction can blemish your day and eat into your productivity, FiftyThree is, as much as possible, a place where you can step back from life’s more trivial pursuits to view the bigger picture. It’s a sandbox where the other kids share their plastic shovels and buckets, inviting you to build the castle with them.
Guess this is the long way of saying thank you, Georg, and all my coworkers at FiftyThree.
Happy Birthday, Georg! Thanks for your optimism, your insight, and, above all, for helping make FiftyThree the space to create.
The wall is painted!
After spending most of the holiday season working on my laptop, I have been making a concerted effort to spend more time offline. My kitchen is getting painted today, a project that I’ve been putting off for over a year. I am not even doing the painting myself. It literally took me fifteen months to get past procrastination to pick a color and hire a painter to come paint…
I bought this beautiful line-free notebook in the fall and am slowly filling its pages. I realized that I haven’t used my hands to make anything in a long time so, last night after dinner at Char No. 4, I picked up Elmer’s glue from a Rite Aid so that I can glue stuff together. I have been drinking coffee, sending actual mail, reading books. Trying to make the best of hibernation season until spring returns.
Lovely video card made by Mixtape Club. Sure, I may be biased but it’s definitely the best company card I’ve received this holiday.