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

madewithpaper:

What is Visual Note-taking?

Made With Paper by danyadsmith

This is a series of visual notes from Sunni Brown’s Visual Notetaking 101 - Module 1. I discovered visual thinking and visual note-taking just over a year ago, and soon afterwards purchased this course. I decided to revisit it and take my notes in Paper. Sunni Brown is one of the visual thinking professionals I follow, along with Dan Roam, Mike Rohde, Dave Gray, Brandy Agerbeck, Austin Kleon and David Sibbet.

fiftythreenyc:

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM FIFTYTHREE
At FiftyThree, we’re often asked what inspired our name.
The answer is actually quite simple: 53 centimeters is the average length of the arm’s reach which magically link mind, heart and hand. As Wired put it, it’s “a sort of invisible sphere” where all our thinking and doing happens. In theory and practice, FiftyThree is the space where we create.
This year, our brand designer Becky Brown created a series of wallpapers for the team. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, we hope you enjoy these downloadable designs as much as we do. Every time you see them on your tablet, we hope you’re reminded that your ability to create is never far from reach.
Thanks for sharing your ideas and passion, and for providing support and feedback throughout the year. Here’s to spreading the love in 2014.

Happy holidays to all and thank you giving us so many reasons to be grateful.

fiftythreenyc:

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM FIFTYTHREE

At FiftyThree, we’re often asked what inspired our name.

The answer is actually quite simple: 53 centimeters is the average length of the arm’s reach which magically link mind, heart and hand. As Wired put it, it’s “a sort of invisible sphere” where all our thinking and doing happens. In theory and practice, FiftyThree is the space where we create.

This year, our brand designer Becky Brown created a series of wallpapers for the team. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, we hope you enjoy these downloadable designs as much as we do. Every time you see them on your tablet, we hope you’re reminded that your ability to create is never far from reach.

Thanks for sharing your ideas and passion, and for providing support and feedback throughout the year. Here’s to spreading the love in 2014.

Happy holidays to all and thank you giving us so many reasons to be grateful.

So many ideas. So much thanks. This has made the web a more beautiful place for me. Thank you. 

madewithpaper:

100 Million Thanks

In March 2012, we released Paper with the hope of creating a place where ideas can live and thrive. Since then, over 100 million pages have been made with Paper by creators around the world.

Collectively, creators have spent one millennium with their ideas in Paper. These moments add up. Moments like an ex-elephant trainer drawing wildlife, a former painter who’s now teaching digital art to kidsa developer sharing inspiration from Startup SchoolIt’s time spent preserving recipescapturing life in a new citydesigning homesperforming on stagethinking clearly, and thanking customers. We all create, and this is something to celebrate.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we recapped a few highlights from the past 20 months. This week we’ll also showcase the work of creators old and new. Share what you’re working on and we’ll feature our favorites on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and in the in-app Made With Paper stream.

Get inspired, celebrate with us. Here’s to all the ideas that are yet to come.

allenylau:

My cover for Adventure Time #22! You can buy the issue here.

Allen is so talented, we often just stop and watch in awe. We all know there is much more to him, more than what we can see on the surface. 

allenylau:

My cover for Adventure Time #22! You can buy the issue here.

Allen is so talented, we often just stop and watch in awe. We all know there is much more to him, more than what we can see on the surface.