The Flip camera is brilliant. Particularly if you’re a new parent, you need one like you need a stroller. Seriously. You’re gonna have enough to manage that you’re won’t want to lug around a bulky camcorder, but you WILL want some of those moments documented. Making them even more convenient, they connect to your computer by way of a self-contained USB arm that snaps out with a flick of a switch.
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AniMatch. A really nice matching game for your kids. No flexibility in the number of tiles which is a bit of a drag, but the animals are darn cute and sound great.
Wee See has instituted a new rule for the NYC Subway System. Effective immediately.
We were honored to be asked to screen Wee See during The Polyphonic Spree’s performance at TED.
The audio gets a bit swallowed on this video shot from all the way back in the sound booth, but trust me, it was booming, and beautiful. It was interesting to see how something as slow and deliberate as Wee See could share the stage with such a bombastic display. Fun.
If you’re not familiar with TED, you might want to spend a few hours getting acquainted. While their gatherings are exclusive, invite-only affairs, the endlessly fascinating talks are made enthusiastically available on their website (and handy iPhone app). Here’s a taste of just how good they get.
Another gem from Miller Goodman. Available in mid-November from their website.
Welcome to our family’s current obsession. Invented way back in 1951 by two art students who were experimenting with flexible vinyls for a friend that manufactured pocketbooks, Harry and Patricia Kislevitz inadvertently created one of the most classic of American toys, Colorforms. They claim that playing with them “promotes creative expression, concentration skills, comprehension of spatial relationships and manual dexterity.” We think that’s only the beginning.
Even before you peel up the very first one, they’re beautiful.
And they can be scary fun to play with on glass.
In digging around we stumbled on this playful stop-motion animation created by Carleton Torpin. We thought it worth sharing as further evidence of the creative possibilities.
But wait, it gets better. Guess what we learned? The Colorforms logo? The work of design über-legend, Paul Rand. Of course!
Get your set! Available from Amazon.
Just came across another product that feels right at home in this entry. Almost feels like the Colorforms travel companion. A simple box of wooden shapes with magnetized backs. Made by the (great) toy company, Djeco. You can buy it here.