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.
A big thanks to AJ, a freshman in high school, for spearheading the first ever Circle Head Art Challenge! To show his gratitude for those who participated, he created this video to share all the submissions. We have the best community–thank you! Above all, thank you AJ. You rock.
Follow ajfuln46 to see how you can draw your own circle head in “AJ Style.”
We recently invited industrial designer Bas van den Broek to make a Book. He created this great stop motion video to show it off. Meet Bas’s other obsession: highly stylized animals and the secret life and dreams of inanimate household objects.
The print quality of a Fiftythree/Moleskine Book is excellent. It’s really cool to see your own drawings in print.
I like the foldout style, because nothing gets lost in a binding margin. However, the images are cropped a bit, which can be a problem if your drawings have interesting details near the border.
If you choose for a customized cover image, the Book will have a soft cover, instead of the classic black Moleskine hard cover. Which is a pity, because the soft cover doesn’t have that premium quality feeling. So I’ll pick the classic hard cover next time.
"For us, technology is there to help people create." –Georg Petschnigg, FiftyThree CEO
In September, we made an episode of Small Empires with The Verge and reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Meet Georg, Andrew, Julian, Tara, and Dave from our team and Brad Ovenell-Carter, an educator who uses Paper to engage students in creative thinking. See what motivates us to climb six flights of stairs every day to collaborate and create.
"This creation took about eight hours over three days. I was inspired by another Paper artist, Sylvia Lynch, to create something using the pen tool. I started by filling the page with black and using the pen tool with white to chisel out the form, similar to scratch board. Most of this process was done with fingertip.”
Our friend Janelle Sing created these sketches in Paper and animated them in After Effects. Like kids captivated by lightning bugs, we watched it again and again. We recommend playing it a few times to appreciate it fully.