Crafting Your Way Into 2014

27. December 2013 07:55 by Steve Leigh in Arts, Crafts & DIY Projects  //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

It's hard to believe that 2013 is going to be over in less than a week! We've enjoyed all of the time you've spent reading our blog posts this year. None of these posts have been more fun than our arts and crafts suggestions. While we love all things printed, we also want you to get out there and get creative with a few simple materials. That's why we've ending 2013 on a truly festive note with three more craft ideas. More...

Giving Back During the Holidays

13. December 2013 01:08 by Calvin Yu in   //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

It's rare that we depart from printer, art, or productivity topics for the blog, but in the spirit of giving this holiday season, we needed to highlight something unique. We often keep up-to-date on the latest technology and business blogs, FastCompany being one of our favorites. The other day we came across a story about a man who posted his home address online, asking for birthday cards to cheer up his sick wife. After receiving so much positive response, the personal experiment spawned a website Ask.io, which allows the Internet to fulfill small favors you have.

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Give the Gift of Productivity

When it comes to the holiday season, there's nothing quite like giving cool tech gifts for the loved ones in your lives. Sure, you can go out and splurge on a fancy new iPad or photo printer, but when you don't want to drop big bucks on an item, there's another route to take. We've kept no secrets about our love for all things productivity related. Better yet, there are a lot of inexpensive and mid-range gifts and gadgets that'll make anyone in your life just a little more efficient. More...

Cozy Up With Winter Crafts

30. November 2013 10:23 by Steve Leigh in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

"Oh, the weather is outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful..." Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we're ready to bust out our favorite sweaters and cozy up next to the radiant heat of a fireplace. We're going to listen to our favorite tunes, make delicious hot beverages, and bust out craft projects to add a festive "Ho Ho Ho," no matter if you're living in upstate Maine or sunny Miami.

We've got a few projects that are easy to make, require relatively easy-to-find ingredients, and will take advantage of some supplies you already have on hand. More...

3D Printers Could Shape Educational Landscape

21. November 2013 04:31 by Steve Leigh in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Since computers and printers became ubiquitous in the classroom, the relationship between education and technology has been contentious. With the expansion of tablets and 3D printers, the debate rages on as to when technology might impede with students' ability to learn. No matter doubts people may have, Forbes reports one of the largest initiatives to get 3D printers in classrooms that will launch shortly. By teaching children as young as 12 computer imaging and modeling software, one company hopes to inspire a new generation of inventors. More...

Panono: A New Future In Panoramic Photography

Chances are high you've used the panorama feature on your phone's camera more than once. But have you also been dissatisfied by the image quality? Have you struggled to keep your hand steady enough to get a continuous image? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, you might love the current Indiegogo campaign for Panono. This throwable sphere allows you to take 72 megapixel panoramas without the hassle of traditional camera features. We wanted to take some time to highlight a little bit of the history and what makes Panono so immersive (and fun)! More...

Paper and Ink: Two Innovative Artists Showcase Talents

8. November 2013 03:17 by Steve Leigh in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Forget elaborate sculptures with pricey materials and traditional painting techniques. Two contemporary artists, Elsa Mora and Fabian Oefner, are showcasing ways of using simple paper and ink to make dazzling, colorful artwork that stands out in a crowded field of new art. Though Elsa blends traditional paper crafts with a sculptural sensibility and Fabian mixes art and science to create inspired photographs, both share a strong visual sensibility and a desire to use traditional materials in unexpected ways. Because of these unique characteristics and shared vision, we wanted to take time to highlight these artists' work. More...

Productivity Tips for the Upcoming Holiday Season

What's special about today? It's the first day of November and the start of a busy holiday season. From parties to vacation planning, there is a lot more for us to manage in our daily lives. Though it's easy to feel a little frazzled or distressed with an endless string of responsibilities, there are specific things that can be done each day to cross off all these tasks from your checklist. Better yet, once your daily tasks are completed, you'll be able to better enjoy what the season is all about-- the joy of your family and friends' company. More...

It's Not Too Late to Get Ghoulish For Halloween

24. October 2013 11:08 by Calvin Yu in   //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Halloween is only a week away, but it's not too late to get those last minute spooktacular decorations ready. You could go to the store and buy an plastic carved pumpkin lit with LED lights or frightful fake fingers for your candy bowl. But that wouldn't be so fun! Consider making your own decorations instead. It's a great way to add a special homemade touch to one of our favorite holidays and surprise any guests or trick-or-treaters who might be visiting on Halloween night. More...

Troubleshooting Reminders for Printing

Lately we have been writing about printing innovations, but for this latest post we wanted to get down to the nitty gritty by exploring troubleshooting tips for printing at home. We all want to have a printer at the ready for all the random projects that pop up, but what happens when you're in a bind and printed pages aren't coming out right? Maybe things are printing too slowly. Maybe there are lines or weird marks. Maybe nothing will come out at all. Here are some basic tips to help you get back on track. More...

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