Two of my biggest design/art crushes are collaborating. Shantell is a consummate inspiration for creativity around her, Kelly creates inspirational spaces to inhabit. What could they be making?
While we are waiting to find out, be sure to follow Shantell’s other collaborations on Mix here.
shantellmartin:

Kelly Wearstler x Shantell Martin unique Collection coming soon !

Two of my biggest design/art crushes are collaborating. Shantell is a consummate inspiration for creativity around her, Kelly creates inspirational spaces to inhabit. What could they be making?

While we are waiting to find out, be sure to follow Shantell’s other collaborations on Mix here.

shantellmartin:

Kelly Wearstler x Shantell Martin unique Collection coming soon !

Last week we sketched the Apple Event together on Mix with Paper. Different people, perspectives, and insights – well over 128 of them. See the remix family here.  

Last week we sketched the Apple Event together on Mix with Paper. Different people, perspectives, and insights – well over 128 of them. See the remix family here.  

Today we are launching Mix to the world. To understand what Mix is, we need to begin with what it’s not: Mix is not the world we are familiar with. 

It’s not the world where you don’t feel creative because you think you can’t draw; where you are told to not look at your neighbors’ work; where you don’t work with others because there is no credit in that.

Mix is creating together. Learning together. Thinking together. Sketching together. Designing together. Playing together. Recognizing that everything is a remix. That we master the few, and are a perpetual student for everything else. 

We are incredibly fortunate that we could work on Mix the last 2 years. We now get to find out, see, and discover how beautiful the human mind is. And we get to do it together. 

fiftythreenyc:

MIX. CREATE TOGETHER.

The English inventor Sir Isaac Newton famously said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.*” This notion, that collaboration is the heart that drives creative thinking is what inspired us to create Mix, an open platform for creativity, built right into Paper.

Get inspiredGetting started is often the hardest part of doing anything creative. With Mix, you’ll find a well of inspiration from creators around the world, both in Paper and on mix.fiftythree.com. Whether you’re skilled at drawing, or just comfortable coloring and doodling, you’ll be inspired to create and learn on Mix.

No more blank pagesProfessionals don’t start from scratch, and neither should you. On Mix you’ll find templates, outlines, and ideas ready to be remixed and transformed into something new. Say goodbye to the blank page.

Get and share feedbackMix is a big, visual conversation, and some of the best conversations happen when people are invited to tell their own stories. Mix is about leaving open spaces for people to fill in, and letting ideas evolve in unexpected ways.

We could not be more excited to welcome you to a whole new world of creative possibility.

Join the Mix.

*Newton’s famous quote was itself a remix of an idea attributed to Bernard of Chartres in the 12th c.

freundevonfreunden:

From Thought to Action: Georg Petschnigg at FiftyThree’s HQ, New York
The tech firm FiftyThree got its name from the average arm length in centimeters which metaphorically identifies with the distance from thought to action. 
We meet Georg Petschnigg, one of the firm’s founders, inside their New York headquarters to discuss the revolution brought on by the award-winning app and tool, Paper and Pencil.
Follow us as we pick Georg’s brain on Freunde von Freunden.
Thank you James Chororos.
This portrait is part of our series with Vitra. Discover all the stylistic details of FiftyThree’s HQ in Vitra Magazine.

Take a peek into our NYC office.

freundevonfreunden:

From Thought to Action: Georg Petschnigg at FiftyThree’s HQ, New York

The tech firm FiftyThree got its name from the average arm length in centimeters which metaphorically identifies with the distance from thought to action. 

We meet Georg Petschnigg, one of the firm’s founders, inside their New York headquarters to discuss the revolution brought on by the award-winning app and tool, Paper and Pencil.

Follow us as we pick Georg’s brain on Freunde von Freunden.

Thank you James Chororos.

This portrait is part of our series with Vitra. Discover all the stylistic details of FiftyThree’s HQ in Vitra Magazine.

Take a peek into our NYC office.

FiftyThree Co-Founder Jon Harris muses on Hori-Hori knifes and the thinking that went into Pencil and Surface Pressure. Read more here

Like the Hori-Hori, Pencil’s carpenter pencil-inspired form also compliments its intended functions. When taking notes, hold it as you would any writing utensil. For shading, hold it securely sideways at a low angle. On a practical level, its low, flat profile is ideal for stowing in a pocket or snapping magnetically to your iPad Smart Cover.

Carpenter Pencil Photo Credit: Brad Ovenell-Carter

It’s hard for me to contain my excitement about Surface Pressure, an idea that has been three years in the making. We designed Pencil’s tip and eraser so that every edge becomes active. It takes creating on iPad touch screens to a new level. It’s touch and the entire hand in control. 

Read more at news.fiftythree.com

shantellmartin:

If you have seen me on the subway recently with my ipad. This is what I’m getting up to.

Peek of color

shantellmartin:

If you have seen me on the subway recently with my ipad. This is what I’m getting up to.

Peek of color

magictransistor:

A 3-D Trip Inside a Drawing, via Computer Graphics

Slip this device on your head and you see a computer generated 3-D image of a room before your eyes. Move your head and your perspective changes, just as though you were actually inside the room. Architects could use the device to draw rooms in three dimensions; realtors could use it to show buyers the interiors of homes without even leaving the office. Dr. Ivan Sutherland, University of Utah, invented the device, essentially a computer-graphics version of the old stereoscope. -1971

joaquimmeira:

Made With Paper

joaquimmeira:

Made With Paper

WTC One looking good tonight.

WTC One looking good tonight.

Matthew Chen answers “What is programming?” and infuses art into science in his own special way, by finding truth in metaphor:

We tend to think that only children play pretend, but everyone does it, all the time. We are creatures of meaning. […]

In the audience’s mind, the actor IS a prince, and that bit of paper IS the moon. That’s what matters — that one thing transforms into another in our minds. The lie becomes the truth.[…]

Programming is much the same. It is an elaborate exercise in imposing meaning, usually onto small electrical charges or flashes of light. A programmer builds elaborate fantasies, but she too has to remember not to tear the moon.

Read his course notes here. This was part of a brown bag series at FiftyThree. 

madewithpaper:

THE PAPER iOS 7 UPDATE IS HERE
We’ve polished every pixel and introduced a more powerful Zoom. See what’s new on FiftyThree News and get the update on the App Store.

Love the care the team put into this release.

madewithpaper:

THE PAPER iOS 7 UPDATE IS HERE

We’ve polished every pixel and introduced a more powerful Zoom. See what’s new on FiftyThree News and get the update on the App Store.

Love the care the team put into this release.

ellisnadler:

Made With Paper The first four legged bird I ever found.

Creativity is an adventure, it leads you to the best creatures.

ellisnadler:

Made With Paper

The first four legged bird I ever found.

Creativity is an adventure, it leads you to the best creatures.

Taking a stand for creativity and a level playing field when it comes to building a brand. 
fiftythreenyc:

EVERY STORY HAS A NAME
FiftyThree’s story began with Paper. What began with three guys building an app out of a New York City apartment has gone on to become one of the most celebrated applications on iOS, defining mobile creativity and winning Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year. Paper embodied our belief that technology should support the human need to create. It’s a beautifully simple app that lets anyone capture their ideas and share them over the web. For millions of creators around the world, Paper is where they call home for their ideas—100 million, in fact, over the last two years. Paper has come to represent endless creative potential, and we couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to our story.
Stories have twists.
So it came as a surprise when we learned on January 30th with everyone else that Facebook was announcing an app with the same name—Paper. Not only were we confused but so were our customers (twitter) and press (1,2,3,4). Was this the same Paper? Nope. Had FiftyThree been acquired? Definitely not. Then, what’s going on?
We reached out to Facebook about the confusion their app was creating, and they apologized for not contacting us sooner. But an earnest apology should come with a remedy.
Stories reveal character. 
There’s a simple fix here. We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.
On a personal level we have many ties to Facebook. Many friends, former students and colleagues are doing good work at Facebook. One of Facebook’s board members is an investor in FiftyThree. We’re a Facebook developer, and Paper supports sharing to Facebook where close to 500,000 original pages have been shared. Connections run deep.
What will Facebook’s story be? Will they be the corporate giant who bullies their developers? Or be agile, recognize a mistake, and fix it? Is it “Move fast and break things” or “Move fast and make things”?
We’re all storytellers. And we show care for each other by caring for our stories. Thanks for supporting us.

Taking a stand for creativity and a level playing field when it comes to building a brand. 

fiftythreenyc:

EVERY STORY HAS A NAME

FiftyThree’s story began with Paper. What began with three guys building an app out of a New York City apartment has gone on to become one of the most celebrated applications on iOS, defining mobile creativity and winning Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year. Paper embodied our belief that technology should support the human need to create. It’s a beautifully simple app that lets anyone capture their ideas and share them over the web. For millions of creators around the world, Paper is where they call home for their ideas—100 million, in fact, over the last two years. Paper has come to represent endless creative potential, and we couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to our story.

Stories have twists.

So it came as a surprise when we learned on January 30th with everyone else that Facebook was announcing an app with the same name—Paper. Not only were we confused but so were our customers (twitter) and press (1,2,3,4). Was this the same Paper? Nope. Had FiftyThree been acquired? Definitely not. Then, what’s going on?

We reached out to Facebook about the confusion their app was creating, and they apologized for not contacting us sooner. But an earnest apology should come with a remedy.

Stories reveal character.

There’s a simple fix here. We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.

On a personal level we have many ties to Facebook. Many friends, former students and colleagues are doing good work at Facebook. One of Facebook’s board members is an investor in FiftyThree. We’re a Facebook developer, and Paper supports sharing to Facebook where close to 500,000 original pages have been shared. Connections run deep.

What will Facebook’s story be? Will they be the corporate giant who bullies their developers? Or be agile, recognize a mistake, and fix it? Is it “Move fast and break things” or “Move fast and make things”?

We’re all storytellers. And we show care for each other by caring for our stories. Thanks for supporting us.

My team knows me so well. As a kid, I always wanted to be an inventor. Many years later, I realize there is something even better than that: Being part of a team of inventors and helping everyone create. Each of these collaborative sketches cover a new invention, making it the most fitting gift: A gift of creativity.

Thank you FiftyThree!

madewithpaper:

Happy Birthday, Georg!

Made With Paper by FiftyThree Team