Share The Love. Win a Pencil.
To celebrate the launch of Mix, FiftyThree is spreading the love by giving away ten Pencils. To participate, reblog this post and sign up to join Mix.
Plus, gain bonus karma points for following FiftyThree on Facebook and Twitter where you’ll find me almost every day of the week posting and replying to you guys.
Winners will be picked at random and contacted on Monday, October 6th. This contest is open to everyone everywhere. It’s a good chance to possibly get a Pencil especially if you live in a country where we do not currently ship.
Mix. Create Together.
Today, my FiftyThree colleagues and I launched Mix, an open platform for creativity, built right into our award-winning iPad app, Paper. Now, you can share a page in Paper with creators around the world and work on it together. Put your sketches and ideas out there, and see what comes back.
My work at FiftyThree involves listening, observing and promoting our customers’ sketches and ideas. I’ve been incredibly moved by the collaborations and connections that have already happened here on Tumblr between people who have never met. Imagine what’s possible now that you can brainstorm, problem solve, and co-create together. It’s a new era for creativity and collaborative thinking. I hope you’ll join us. You can follow me at mix.fiftythree.com/amy.
Learn more on FiftyThree News or jump right in.
The flight of Icarus is my favorite Greek myth, if one can claim a favorite among ancient tales. This simple sketch captures it beautifully.
Made With Paper by penguinpolly
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!)
Made with Paper by the lovely Tara Feener
My friends Little Daylight are making their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:30am EST! You can’t. miss. this.
Billboard unveiled the cover art for Hello Memory! Check it out here.
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…
Top creation made with Paper by eunhyae. Bottom drawing by necojita.
Every Story Has A Name
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.