office supplies

Why Is The Paper Clip Shaped Like It Is?

When you think of paper clips, you immediately think of a specific form — the familiar round-ended, double-loop design. The wire trombone shape. But that’s only one variety of clip; the “Gem,” which gets its name from a British company called Gem Manufacturing Limited, which, even if it wasn’t directly involved with the development of the clip, was clearly able to market it well enough that the name stuck. There are many different (and some might say better) types of paper clip.


This Sharpener Turns Tiny Stubs Into Longer Pencils

If you stop and think about it, it’s almost impossible to use an entire pencil, because, after repeated sharpening, you eventually end up with a tiny unusable stub. What a ripoff. There’s a solution to that problem though: a clever new sharpener with multiple blades that lets you stack a stub onto a brand new pencil and keep using it until it’s completely gone.


This Spartan Organiser Defends Your Desk Against Clutter

Even though the majority of your work day is probably spent staring at a computer screen, somehow your desk gets cluttered faster than you can clean it. So following up on its Spartan-themed knife block, the talented and fully-digited woodworkers at Missing Digit Woodshop have created a desktop version that can now hold pens, pencils, styli, a letter opener, and even sticky notes.


What Could Be More Satisfying Than Using This Punching Bag Hole Punch?

If you’ve ever tried to create a set of holes through more than two pieces of paper using a hole punch, you realise how terribly designed those contraptions really are. But instead of re-engineering one from the ground up to work better, the folks at Toysmith found another way to make a hole punch more user-friendly with the addition of a padded punching bag on top.


Emergency Nap Kit Has What You Need To Comfortably Sleep At Work

You probably shouldn’t make it a regular thing, but when a morning of boring emails and meetings has left you exhausted at work, you’ll find everything you need to catch a few minutes of shut-eye inside this $US45 Emergency Nap Kit.


Gaze Into The Future Of Scotch Tape With 3M's Amazing New Dispenser

Few of us touch or even think about Scotch tape between holidays, birthdays and whenever a gift needs to be wrapped. But some people deal with the sticky stuff all day long, so 3M enlisted designer Joongho Choi to help create a better tape dispenser, and the results are surprisingly impressive.


Ray Gun Rulers Make You Actually Want To Solve For Y

At some point in a child’s life they eventually make the connection that a long plastic ruler is not unlike the barrel of a gun, and suddenly maths homework gets a lot more enjoyable as they blast away at imaginary aliens between problems. The folks at Atypyk have taken that idea one step further with a pair of plastic toy ray guns that double as rulers and protractors.


Boldly Organise Your Files Where No One Has Organised Before

It doesn’t take much to convince a Star Trek fan to buy some Trek-related merchandise, but even non-Trekkies are going to find these fun paper clips hard to pass by. For $US20 (available sometime in July) this Trek-themed tin includes 20 paper clips shaped like the Starfleet delta insignia, and 20 paper clips shaped like the USS Enterprise.


Mondrian Sticky Notes Make Every Reminder A Masterpiece

For the forgetful art lover in your life comes this simple collection of multi-coloured sticky notes that when arranged together bear a striking resemblance to one of Piet Mondrian’s Composition pieces. But you won’t need millions of dollars to adorn your office with this functional masterpiece.


Giant Removable Stickers Turn Any Flat Surface Into A Whiteboard

Inspiration can strike anywhere, and if you’re the type who needs to immediately write down their revelations, you might want to toss a few bucks towards Brandon Saw who’s Kickstartering a simple non-permanent adhesive wrap that turns any flat surface into an erasable whiteboard. If brainstorming is your thing, you’ll want to cover every inch of your office in this stuff.