Worther are a German manufacturer that are renowned for their “Shorty 3.15mm clutch pencil that is a firm favourite amongst artists and designers. Due to its compact design and wide hexagonal barrel that is easy to grip 7 control.
They have recently introduced a ballpoint pen to the range with the same striking hexagonal barrel & a choice of vibrant colours. The Worther Shorty ballpoint pens take a D1 refill so they can be refilled by any brand of D1 refill if you prefer a different tip size or colour.
● Gizmodo reports that Star Wars fever has reached the pen world with a lightsaber fountain pen from S.T. Dupont that floats on a magnetic platform and retails for more than £16,000. Dupont also offers an X-Wing fountain pen, while Cross has its own line of Star Wars-themed writing instruments.
● The accumulation of discarded pens concerns some students in India, so they’ve collected nearly 10,000 of them to display and hopefully convince fellow students to cut back, according to The Hindu. (They’re trying to promote the use of pens made from paper, instead.)
● The Trail-Gazette profiles the owner of an unusual – and brilliant – business in a small mountain town in Colorado. It’s a combination coffee shop/stationer that sells Moleskine notebooks and Retro 51 pens, among others, along with its cups of coffee. Continue reading →
● Lamy’s introduced a new high-end pen range – imporium – and the Naples Daily News highlights a Florida stationer that is one of only 12 in the US to carry the pens.
● BlogHer joins the adult coloring craze with a few useful tips on getting into the habit, including one common-sense bit of advice that works: Keep your coloring book where you can see it and be reminded to use it.
● ITV reports on a London artist who is collecting articles of clothing and stories about the owners for an installation project that mixes handwriting and hand-stitching. When finished, the Stitch Lives of London will feature 215 garments with the owners’ handwritten stories stitched into them. Continue reading →
A Bic spokeswoman takes to Chicago radio station WBEZ to explain the company is on a “mission to save handwriting” and why that matters.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station write in their journals (not by hand, though) at least three times a week, and those journals are later analyzed by behaviorists, according to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Using pen and paper externalizes internal thoughts, leading to a focus on higher-order thinking skills, according to educational psychology professor Grace Koo, writing in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Urban Sketchers Chicago lays out 10 reasons to do more drawing, including improved hand-eye coordination, and lists some groups that will help keep you motivated.
A member at the Wet Canvas forum has written a detailed guide to the types of pens artists use, along with some recommendations for the best pens for the job.
Business 2 Community makes the case that doodling is an effective tool to improve communication, increase productivity and spur creativity in the workplace.
A Flavorwire article from a couple years ago making its way around social media again shows the hand-drawn/hand-written plot outlines of several famous authors, including J.K. Rowling and Joseph Heller.
The Providence Journal profiles a doodler who developed his craft into a regular business selling pen-and-ink sketches on the US festival circuit.
Teacher Josh Giesbrecht makes the case in the Atlantic that it isn’t technology causing the decline in handwriting; it’s the humble ballpoint pen.
The Wall Street Journal recounts the story of how a man tracked down one of the Parker pens Admiral Chester Nimitz used when he signed Japan’s surrender to the US at the end of WWII. (subscription required)
Sharpie and Paper Mate pen companies spend more on advertising in the US than any other brand, according to an interesting article in Broadcasting & Cable.
Looks like Donald Trump writes all his poison pen letters in Sharpie, says this article on Mediaite.
Religion News Service explores the idea that adult coloring is not only good for your mental health, but may also boost your spiritual well-being.
A college student heaps adulation on a showing of drawings by Kurt Vonnegut (yes, drawing, not writing), in a column for the Cornell Daily Sun.
MPs paid an artist £17,000 to create an amazingly detailed drawingthat depicted the Britain’s 2015 election, and the Mirror offers a close-up examination of all its bits.
Doodling in the workplace can aid productivity and help communicate big ideas to your co-workers, according to Business 2 Community.
If you’re someone who loves the feel and experience of writing by hand, could you imagine losing that ability?
It happens to Parkinson’s patients who develop bradykinesia, a symptom which slows movement and affects fine motor control. Writing becomes painful, leading to small, cramped handwriting, called micrographia.
That’s why a group of UK university students have developed a pen specially designed to ease the writing experience for those with Parkinson’s disease. (About 127,000 people in the UK have Parkinson’s and about two-thirds develop micrographia.)
I feel bad for the people who have to make Bic pen ads.
They just can’t seem to get it right when it comes to women.
Remember the “Bic For Her” campaign a few years ago? The French pen brand launched a version of the classic Cristal with pastel colors and a thinner barrel it said was supposed to fit a woman’s hand.
That did not go over well. Reviewers on Amazon savaged the Bic For Her with snarky comments and questions like, “Do you have any special pens for ‘that time of the month?’” And the reaction to Bic’s pen made news around the world, especially when the company was slow to respond.
Now Bic pen ads have stepped in it again with a campaign in South Africa. Continue reading →
We have had our latest delivery from Pentel and included were some new goodies including ballpoint pens & mechanical pencils. Pentel are a renowned Japanese manufacturer of high quality writing instruments and these latest products are very reasonably priced.
If you’ve ever spent much time in the hospital, you know how bored you can get. That happened to me recently when I was in for quite a long stay.
I’d run out of books, got tired of TV and wasn’t all that mobile. I was desperate for something to do. Luckily, a kind nurse turned up a Marvel coloring book and a tub of crayons. Kid stuff, but I was in no position to scoff.
For the first time since grade school, I put Crayola to paper and turned out quite a nice Captain America, even if his suit was deep black and his shield a shiny purple.
Wow, I had no idea how relaxing coloring could be for an adult. It’s one of those singular tasks that requires all your focus – and none of it. Your hands and eyes take over and your mind feels free to wander where it will. Continue reading →
He’s illustrated more than 100 children’s books, among them the Edge Chronicles, Muddle Earth, Goth Girl and Ottoline series. He has worked with some of the biggest names in fantasy fiction, including Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. And he’s even been a political cartoonist for 20 years.
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