I’ve long been a fan of Paper by FiftyThree, grabbing the app when it was first released. Then I also bought their stylus, Pencil. Combine the app and the hardware, and you’ve got a really natural drawing interface on your iPad.
Now, FiftyThree has updated Paper with a new set of tools: Think. Given my inclination for precision, these are my favorite kind of drawing tools. Via its “intention engine”, the Think toolset lets you quickly draw all manner of shapes, fill them with color, and cut, copy, and move them around. That means I can create diagrams, charts, and mockups with just the right combination of polish and “hard-drawn” feel.
Think Kit’s Diagram, Fill, and Cut tools make it fast and easy to draw charts, diagrams, graphs, flows, wireframes, and models. Use them to sketch perfect shapes and connectors, and create presentation-ready visual model. Anything you create can then be exported directly to PowerPoint, Keynote, or your favorite iPad apps, and shared with colleagues everywhere.
One good reminder: Children love a checklist as much as adults do. Note to self: Reinstitute our family’s morning checklists.
Bruce Feiler has a radical idea: To deal with the stress of modern family life, go agile. Inspired by agile software programming, Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback and accountability. One surprising feature: Kids pick their own punishments.
Rainworks are so cool. They’re rain-activated positive messages and art. Go to the site to learn how to use a superhydrophobic coating made by Nanex Company to make sidewalk art that only shows up when it rains.
I came across Rebecca Litchfield‘s work in a post last week. It was highlighting her photo series, Soviet Ghosts. These are pictures of abandoned buildings in the former Soviet Union and its satellite states.
Clicking through to her site, I enjoyed looking at her other photo series on all manner of old, decaying, abandoned buildings. Seeing all these works of men subcombing to the ravanges of time and neglect has a haunting, apocalyptic quality to it.