Friday, April 29, 2011
Established in 2007, TMOD is the creation of Georgie Swift and Milenka Osen, a couple of Sydney siders who finished their design studies and decided to merge a whole bunch of disciplines, aesthetics and techniques to create something new, fun and hands on.
We call it interactive stationery - now, stationery in general is the number one interactive medium - it's not just sitting and watching passively, we use stationery, so in that sense, all stationery can be termed interactive. But there are degrees of interactivity and TMOD steps it up a notch!
In a whole bunch of styles, Scratchie Cards, Rip Cards, Fold-Out Cards, Dot-to-Dot Cards, Paper Plane cards, Double Layered Cards, TMOD give part of the design process over to us, the lucky purchaser, to have a bit of fun and finish the cards off.
It's really cute - such a sweet touch - my favourite being the scratchie cards...scratchies are exciting but pretty much always disappointing (and sometimes even insulting...i mean, a $2 win is almost patronising...) but these scratchie cards leave you with the warm and fuzzies every time.
TMOD is also Made in Australia and committed to social responsibility, collaborating with Oxfam, Spirit of Youth Awards and Poetry in Braille.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Established in Japan in 1950, Midori is a Design Stationery Brand of international repute, known and admired for the harmony of its design, the ability to use sensitivity to create a strong presence.
The Midori Traveler's Notebook is a particularly impressive, indeed exquisite, leather journal and it is complemented with equally impressive brass products - pens, pencils, rulers and clips.
The official word from Midori about these products reads poetically; we hear of balance, harmony, contrast, individuality and the sanctity of free spirit. Often times, one can read language so rich in symbolism, so idyllic in connotation, and read it as empty spin.
But here, in this context and in relation to Midori, it's actually apt. There really is harmony, a kind of ineffable rightness. The Traveler's Notebook is definitely the star as far as I am concerned.
A naturally tanned leather cover filled with fountain pen friendly Midori MD paper. It's compact, robust and really really nice! You can check out a great little 'tutorial' for it online.
The other obvious thing one takes from Midori is the durability of the products. Brass pens and brass pencils age gracefully and the natural leather of the traveler's notebooks knicks and wears with a personal elegance.
As they say, simply holding Midori in your hands will bring pleasure. A seriously impressive collection.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
One of the most widely reviewed pens on the net is the Lamy Safari Fountain Pen. And with good reason - it's respected, used and loved for its awesome usability and consistency. So, we thought we'd jump on the bandwagon too! Click through to read our Lamy Safari Pen Review posted on NoteMaker (we can put bigger images there!)
Friday, April 8, 2011
Before any of us get too excited, I will confirm that we have just received Koh-I-Noor stationery - not the Crown Jewel diamond. Now that the anti-climax has been dealt with, we can get on to a story which is actually eerily similar to the famous tale of the Koh-I-Noor, if we allow some exaggeration.
I guess the lesson here is that old chestnut that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Of course royals will do anything for a diamond and of course somebody who has never seen a diamond in their life will think it's a health hazard.
So, back on the stationery story. Koh-I-Noor is all new for us but has actually been available in Australia for a while, just waiting...The licence to distribute it and even the stock itself, though only in very small amounts, has basically always been here, it's just that nobody has known about it. It's been under somebody's hat!
We came across it in the back of a distributor's warehouse, just a few unprepossessing cardboard boxes on a shelf in the 'discontinued' section. To quote: 'we just can't do vintage'. Our understandably incredulous questioning revealed further reasoning - they thought it just wasn't going to work.
Okay...and some think a diamond is just a piece of glass.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Cover Art series is an all new format - an extra extra large 22 x 28cm - and comes as a set of two journals printed with hand drawn illustrations.
Available with Three Paper Styles (Ruled, Plain, Squared) and in Three Different designs. Each design, as a set of two, has inverted covers - so one is the opposite to the other.
Each Design is especially made by a member of the Moleskine community who draws on Moleskine to help unlock their creativity.
Benjamin Barrios is a Costume and Set Designer from Mexico, Paul Desmond is a London-based illustrator and Maykel Cordeiro Nunes is a Brazilian illustrator.
Monday, April 4, 2011
We now have a cool Shop by Colour page at NoteMaker, where you can view all of our design stationery by your favourite colour! Now, this should be handy for you if you really feel like a red pen, or a blue notebook etc etc...it's really handy for me, because it gives me an excuse to post Ken Nordine's 'Word Jazz'.
Ken Nordine was born in 1920 and released a bunch of albums in a style he terms Word Jazz. The highlight for me is Colors (from 1967) featuring 30 or so short reflections on different colours.
We'll start with green - 'smack dab in the middle of spectrum' - for, as Ken says, 'there's so many different greens inside of green..."