stock up on edible holiday gifts this sunday
I’ve been a fan of Slow Food NYC for a while but have not done quite enough to support them. This Sunday, December 8th, they’re hosting a holiday market featuring local food entrepreneurs. The bonus? It’s all happening at Astor Center which is also the home of Astor Wines & Spirits where Chris and I go to stock up on delicious, affordable wines.
If you’re in town this Sunday, stop by!
This week my team is celebrating 100 million pages that have been created with our app, Paper. Because much of my job involves telling stories of normal people doing extraordinary things, I feel very lucky to be the bearer of good news time and time again.
I hope to make some time this Thanksgiving weekend to write about everything that’s been happening in life lately. And maybe convince Chris to be my date to see that new Rachel McAdams movie.
100 Million Thanks
In March 2012, we released Paper with the hope of creating a place where ideas can live and thrive. Since then, over 100 million pages have been made with Paper by creators around the world.
Collectively, creators have spent one millennium with their ideas in Paper. These moments add up. Moments like an ex-elephant trainer drawing wildlife, a former painter who’s now teaching digital art to kids, a developer sharing inspiration from Startup School. It’s time spent preserving recipes, capturing life in a new city, designing homes, performing on stage, thinking clearly, and thanking customers. We all create, and this is something to celebrate.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we recapped a few highlights from the past 20 months. This week we’ll also showcase the work of creators old and new. Share what you’re working on and we’ll feature our favorites on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and in the in-app Made With Paper stream.
Get inspired, celebrate with us. Here’s to all the ideas that are yet to come.
Each macaron was drawn with a different Pencil while testing them last week for our big launch on Tuesday…
Looking back on the week in Paris, I realize there’s a lot to reflect on and to process. Guess spending every minute with your mom in a foreign country for six days without reprieve will do that to you.
new pok pok cookbook + event tonight
The Strand, my favorite bookstore from childhood days in New York City, is hosting Pok Pok owner Andy Ricker tonight to talk about his new cookbook.
I had a once-in-a-decade chance to interview Andy and dine with him at Pok Pok earlier this year so I’m very excited to see his book finally in stores.
Still, I can’t cook if my life and awesome YouTube show depended on it, but I know enough people who can and who love Pok Pok from coast to coast, so I’ll be picking up a few copies tonight. See you there!
Click here for event details.
parents, paper and paris
I’m in Paris with my mom this week to celebrate her 60th birthday. It’s the most time we’ve spent together in over five years. On the flight from New York, I introduced her to Paper in an effort to 1) show her the product that FiftyThree created which we pour our hearts into making better every day, and 2) to keep her entertained when I can’t give her my full attention…cause I’ve been working at night. On holiday. I’m a little embarrassed to even admit it; it’s a fact of my life. I have a hard time disconnecting.
But, you know, c’est la vie as the French would say.
After dinner, my mom and I have been returning to our hotel to rest up for the next day (or at least that’s the plan). Instead, while I’ve been catching up on emails, she opens Paper on my iPad to write letters to her friends and siblings in Chinese, completely unprompted by me.
My mom speaks little English and had never used a tablet up until last Tuesday. Seeing her writing, doodling and sending emails around the world from Paper without my help, acting like a happy kid who’s wholly engrossed in a fun game, has been an unexpected but gratifying reminder that I’m staying up for the right thing.
Unforgettable pistachio cream dessert at Manger. Rainy afternoon spent in charming Colorova cafe. The Champs–Élysées at dusk viewed from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
Lastly, for one reason or another, I have been using Instagram more often than usual. Follow me @amycao for tiny square photos.
first night in paris
Rainy reflections on Avenue de New York. The Eiffel Tower all lit up.
In September, FiftyThree starred in an episode of Small Empires, a web series that explores what it’s like to work at startups that are trying to create meaningful experiences through technology. Our episode debuted today and I think does a wonderful job shedding light on our team culture and philosophy.
Ever wonder what it’s like to wake up and be excited to get to work? Watch the episode to see.
Friday naptime, Rhode Island backyard foliage, a walk along the reservoir.
How to Make a Book
I adore these sketches illustrated in Paper by 20-year-old graphic designer Mattia Labadessa from Naples, Italy. In case you missed it, my team at FiftyThree teamed up with Moleskine to bring you Book, a simple and beautiful way to create custom-printed journals right in Paper.
Here’s our gorgeous new video… (I’m in the last scene.)
Earlier this month, we revealed Book, a collaboration with Moleskine, makers of the legendary notebook. Now you can create custom-printed journals right from Paper. It’s the simplest and most beautiful way to bring your ideas to life and share them with others. (After all, holidays are right around the corner.)
Books are easy to make. Here’s how:
1. Open Paper and select the journal you want. Tap on Share arrow.
2. Select “Print a Book.”
3. Pick a cover color (or classic black hardcover).
4. Select up to 15 pages.
5. Pick the number of Books you want. Log in or create an account to place your order.
Illustrations made with Paper by Mattia Labadessa
Celebrating the start of truffle season at a press lunch in the Met. These are some epic white truffles from Alba, Italy.
Working at FiftyThree means this.
I’m so incredibly proud to be part of the team at FiftyThree.
Today we launched a new collaboration with Moleskine, makers of the legendary notebook. Meet Book. Print your favorite journals right from our award-winning Paper iPad app. Keep them close or share them with someone you love a lot.