Philip Ashforth Coppola has spent the last 38 years illustrating the details of New York City’s subway stations. Many of the illustrations are done with ballpoint pen and are exquisitely detailed. New York Bound Books has published small editions of bound volumes of some of the sketches. This video is from the Great Big Story series.
There’s a lovely article on the NYTimes and there is also a 30 minute film short called One Track Mind that also details Coppola’s work.
Kooky video full of life hacks using binder clips! Office supplies will save your life! Or at least make it more convenient.
(Huge shoutout out to DameEmma from my Secret Society of Enablers for pointing me to this video. Totally blew my mind.)
It’s happening again! Brad and Myke are getting the gang back together for a live recording of The Pen Addict podcast in Atlanta at the pen show in April and they are letting me tag along again. Help support our efforts to be the nerdiest of all pen nerds and get a cool notebook, and an opportunity to pause the video while we make ridiculous faces (over and over) by backing the Kickstarter, RelayCon Atlanta 2016. The gift that keeps on gif-ing!
Back the project for just $10 to get the video, $15 to get the notebook (and spare yourself the silly video), $25 for both. Go crazy and back at $50 and get 3 sets of notebooks and the video.
And if you’ll be in Atlanta this year for the show, come be a part of our live studio audience! How weird is it to say that?
Magnetic from alexmonitor on Vimeo.
I find the concept of electrostatic paper interesting but when they mentioned that the paper was slick and only demonstrated it with ballpoint and markers, I was less enthusiastic about it.
Did you back this Kickstarter? Would you try it?
I found a great collection of pen-and-pencil-centric How Its Made videos. Some you may seen but I thought this would make for great lunchtime viewing. Enjoy!
This next video is how Aurora Fountain Pens are made:
This is the manufacturing process of Caran d’Ache colored pencils:
This next video is in Japanese subtitles with no spoken dialogue but its how Pilot makes its fountain pens so I thought it would be fun to watch even without narration. The first eight minutes is all about how the nibs are constructed which is a little slow to watch but fascinating!
Ink – Written by Hand (#INKdoc) from Ryan Couldrey | @RyTron on Vimeo.
A film by Ryan Couldrey featuring Tanja Tiziana and Wonder Pens.
Just wanted to remind everyone that today (Sunday April 12th) is the first ever Letter Writers Allinace Book Club. We are meeting online so everyone can join in. The book to be discussed is 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. The live feed discussion begins at 3pm CST. For more information, visit the Good Reads group page or come to the chat at the live feed page.
Did I mention I will be one of the guests on the chat?
If you miss this event, the book club will be meeting quarterly online to discuss books that may be of interest to letter writers and mail lovers. The discussion will be done as a live video chat. Come join us!