10 Golden Rules You Should Live By When Combining Fonts: Tips From a Designer [Design School – Mar 05, 2015] – That’s the (simultaneously frustrating and freeing) thing about art and design – there may be some rules; there may be some best practices; but there are very few that are set in stone. Bending or breaking the rules is always a possibility in the right context. So how do we go about learning how to effectively combine fonts? By looking a few guidelines, we can see what has proven to work well as a starting point, then get comfortable moving beyond those basics if a design calls for it.
Handwriting Isn’t Dead – Smart Pens and Styluses Are Saving It [WSJ – Feb 10, 2015] – Styluses, which used to be no match for our pudgy fingers, now work and feel more like real pens. And smart pens – ones that write on real paper – sync with our devices and the cloud better than ever. There’s even a hybrid product that combines both of those modern writing methods into one crazy package: Hewlett-Packard’s brand new Pro Slate tablet with its magical Duet Pen. But why save this ancient form of communication? There’s no doubt I could have typed this article three times faster than it took to scrawl it out. What is it good for? The shorthand of it: focus. I bring a pen and notebook to most meetings instead of my laptop to avoid distracting email, tweets and text messages. I listen better with a pen in my hand and, apparently, I retain information better, too. The Livescribe 3 transmits your handwritten notes to your phone or tablet.