Personal computers were supposed to all but eliminate the need for paper, but one look at your sticky-note-covered screen tells a different story. Researcher Tobias Große-Puppendahl may have created the perfect compromise, however: An electronic sticky note that can replace all of your little yellow reminders.
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When artist Georges-Pierre Seurat painted his famous A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, he painstakingly added every dot of paint, one by one, until his masterpiece was complete. It was a technique that's come to be known as pointillism, and thanks to this vibrating electronic pen, the process is now far less excruciating.
Fashion mogul and designer Karl Lagerfeld has realised that the adult colouring book fad isn't going away any time soon. But instead of cashing in with his own line of colouring books, he's collaborated with Faber-Castell on a set of coloured pencils that will set you back $US2,850 ($3,791). Come again?
There are blogs, books and endless YouTube videos dedicated to re-purposing office supplies into everything but productivity tools. But with this 3D-printed plastic tube you can easily turn a thumbtack, a few sticky notes and your office's cork board into a game of darts.
If you're wondering who still uses pencils, it's anyone who wants to correct their mistakes using this wonderful eraser that's shaped like a dog scooting its butt across the floor. There is nothing not to love about this creation from Slam Design.
Unless you work at a startup that's trying desperately to be hip, adorning your desk with mountains of Star Wars toys probably isn't encouraged. But when you pay £1400 ($2872) for a fancy pen from S.T. Dupont Paris that just happens to look like a spaceship, you can display it wherever you want.
Adam Savage recently built his own flawless replica of Kirk's captain's chair, but the talented designers behind Super-Fan Builds have taken that idea to the next level by turning the entire USS Enterprise into a glowing computer desk and office chair that looks ready to hit warp nine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.