This is the introduction to a video series on how to write like an architect. This is another way to modify your writing. While its not longhand, it may be a good solution for someone looking for something geometric and would be great for addressing envelopes.I used to watch the architecture students practicing this technique when I was in school. As your skills improve, you will not need the straight edge for notes or daily writing but may still want to use the straight edge for more formal situations.(by howtoarchitect)

Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy of CW&T love the Pilot Hi-Tec C pens almost as much as I do but they went the extra step and drew up plans and prototypes for stainless steel housing and sleeve. The sleeve doubles as a ruler with metric and imperial measurements on it. Right now, the team has received lots of funding through the Kickstarter program so let’s hope that this amazing unit will be available soon! (via Pen Type-A Kickstarter)

[viddler id=8806658f w=545 h=307] The Uni-ball Kuru Toga mechanical pencil features a unique mechanism that rotates a degree every time you lift the pencil from the paper giving you a consistent point. The pencil is filled with “diamond infused” leads that are supposed to be harder and cleaner than standard leads. The grip isn’t soft…

I don’t know if you noticed the left-handed writer in the logo for The Well-Appointed Desk but as a left-hander with a notable “hook”, I love seeing Obama signing documents with a similar flair. Its sad to hear people giving him a hard time about it.  Obama, like myself, probably grew up being taught to place the paper at a right-leaning angle and its a hard habit to break.

Photographer Ari Marcopoulos designed a sleek camera bag for inCase with enough space for an SLR, a film rangefinder (a Leica, of course), a pocket camera, an iPad and the various bits a traveling photographer might need on a day of shooting or a traveller might want while on holiday. The case is a lovely neutral grey with a clever greyscale chart on the side, the only hint to the contents within. This bag is very understated while being fully functional, well-padded and roomy. The video shows the bag being packed and in action on a day of freeform photography. (via Incase | Ari Marcopoulos)