Hello again all,
This past week was full of great reading. Stationary nerdery, horology, typography, and a few great other pieces too. Before we dive in, I have just a little bit of travel photography for you guys.
Towards the end of this week I - along with my family - got the chance to spend a couple days in Chicago. Our stay was short, but as with the last time I visited a city I am left with the vague but incessant impression that something about being there just feels right.
I've spent very little time in either New York City or Chicago, but from what I can tell they manage to be similar in a great many ways. Chicago does strike me as different though: cleaner, more open, and (from an admittedly short time there) less touristy on the whole.
During my time there I felt like I was able to just slip a little more into the city's routine. I got to get up, go for a run, head to the coffee shop I'd chosen to call home during my stay, and feel largely as if I was doing a lot of what the Chicagoans were doing. I'm no Chicago-native of course, but something about the city felt accepting and easy to fit into. I enjoyed that.
Of course I did have a project I was going to the Windy City to work on, but I'm afraid you'll have to wait a little longer before you'll see it in full. Without giving it too much away, I'll just say that one of my days in the city was spent primarily around one 400 North May Street. And from there I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Enjoy this week's links, and I hope I'll see you all back here again next week to read with me.
Latest Field Notes News — Three Staples - Way back in January I put out my first Field Notes post - along with a promise that I'd start working on more stationary-related pieces in the future. Since then there's only been a handful at best of that sort of piece here on the site, and so if you're looking to get a great stationary fix then look no further than Jinnie's wonderful blog; Three Staples. Field Notes, notebooks, pens, stickers, buttons, and more. Jinnie's work is always well written, well-photographed, and much more frequent than my own writing on the subject. Jinnie's latest post covers this early-Fall's bout of Field Notes news, and is a great place to jump into her content. Three Staples, too (two) good.
Ikepod Megapode Date (MGD05) — Minimally Minimal - I know I link to pretty much every one of Andrew Kim's Minimally Minimal posts - but at this point I just can't pass them up. They're infrequent, they're all some of the best product photography on the Internet, and they're usually well written about something or other that's well designed. For me at least, that's a winning combination. This particular review is of the Ikepod Megapode Date watch - one that I learned from Kim's piece is a classic in horological circles. I really liked getting to learn details like that throughout the review, but even more I enjoyed looking at and comparing the Apple Watch to the Megapode. It entirely makes sense due to designer Marc Newson's involvement in both projects, but the rounded steel designs, pin&tuck closure, and modern-styled strap lugs all were just too uncanny to not notice. Great work from Kim, one of my favorite experiences this week for sure.
The iPhone 6s — Tools and Toys - It seems nearly impossible to write an iPhone review this year and not proclaim the iPhone 6s Plus the undisputed "best phone you can buy." That's one reason that I'm so glad my friend Josh Ginter decided not to, and instead has taken the time to tell us a more unique story about his decision this year to downsize to the smaller iPhone 6s. It's a story that other reviewers haven't told, and I value Josh's opinion and quality points on the matter. With that being said I'm still planning on purchasing a 6s Plus myself later this fall, but Josh's review definitely made me stop and think twice about what exactly I'm planning to give up in the switch to a larger phone. And any piece that makes me really think like that is doing a great job in my eyes. Along with the story, Josh helps the whole thing along with undeniably beautiful product shots both against a classic white backdrop, outside, and in various other real-world contexts. He's really done a bang-up job, and I can only hope I get to write an iPhone review as nice-looking and as well-written in the next couple years. Let's call it a goal of mine.
Why San Francisco - The Syndicate - Nick Keppol at MartianCraft put out an article this week which looks to be the beginning part of something that I've been hoping a knowledgeable person would write for months now - an in-depth analysis of Apple's new San Francisco font. Even though I'm not all that knowledgeable about fonts or design I loved Nick's logical and technical analysis. This first piece is more to establish the concepts and terms that Nick will be using throughout his entire look at SF, while the next piece in the series will focus in on San Francisco itself. I can't wait.
Organizing Groceries with OmniFocus - Inside OmniFocus - I don't know about all of you, but I pretty much never tire of reading about the all ways that different people use OmniFocus. Thankfully, the Omni Group themselves have such a blog which allows various creative people to share different use-cases that they've come to appreciate within our favorite task manager. This time around its Jonathan Poritsky writing to explain how he's grown accustomed to using OmniFocus in combination with the Apple Watch to make his grocery-shopping routine a little easier. Many people would view this as too casual a set of tasks to put into a system like OmniFocus, but Jonathan argues that if he's already got everything in there already he might as well put the rest in there too. I feel like I ought to agree with him, even though I use another great app called Due for my more incessant daily tasks. Food for thought, and always good to think about new ways I could be better organized.
Darkwater - Matt Gemmell - This week Matt Gemmell wrote a deeply personal piece about his personal life and the seven year break in his identity, but this isn't that piece. The piece Matt wrote this week allowed me to stumble upon another that Matt had written before I had begun to follow his writing. I'm very glad I did. In Darkwater Matt not only tells his personal story of depression, but sums up the feeling of being depressed and having suicidal thoughts better than anything I've ever read. I should really be surprised, since all of Matt's writing astounds me with its quality, but I was so glad he chose to share the things he did with this piece. As someone who's had their own time with that slick of Darkwater around themselves, it's been a good reminder to be on guard for it.
Thanks again all, and I hope to see you right back here next week.