Author Archives: Shawn Blanc

Dewalt 4-Tool Combo Kit

This 4-tool combo kit includes a 1/2-inch drill with a 2-speed transmission, a 1/4-inch impact driver with LED light ring, a 6-1/2-inch circular saw, and an LED work light. Awesome.

Baron Fig Giveaway

Yesterday we posted an interview with our friends at Baron Fig. Today, we’re giving away one of their Dot Grid Confidant notebooks and one 3-pack of their Dot Grid Apprentice, pocket-sized notebooks. At the end of the week we’ll be picking two people — one from our newsletter list and one from our Twitter followers. If you’re signed up for our newsletter,…


We met up with the guys behind the Baron Fig notebook brand to hear about how they got in to the journal-making business and what things look like behind the scenes.

Doxie Flip (Giveaway)

The Doxie Flip is a mobile flatbed scanner perfectly designed for photos, sketches, keepsakes, and pocket notebooks. And this week we are giving one away to one of our newsletter subscribers.

The Retina iMac

The computer that’s been four years in the waiting, Apple today introduced their new iMac with the Retina 5K Display. It’s a powerhouse iMac housing a 27-inch display with a 5120×2880 pixel resolution. That’s 14.7 million pixels with a density of 218 PPI for those of you without a calculator nearby.

Offscreen Magazine (Giveaway)

Offscreen magazine is a quarterly publication focused primarily on the people behind the pixels. It’s mostly comprised of interviews, profiles, a-day-in-the-life-ofs, original essays, and more. And we’re giving away a copy of issue number 7 later this week.

Revive ’85

Little known fact about Tools & Toys headquarters: we’re a Kansas City-based operation (if you’ve got questions about BBQ, just ask). And we are pulling for our home team: the Kansas City Royals, who are making an historic run through the playoffs. Their first time in the playoffs since 1985…

The Sketchnote Workbook (Giveaway)

At the end of the week we’ll be giving away a copy of The Sketchnote Workbook to someone on our newsletter list. The Sketchnote Workbook is extremely impressive and its relevance extends far beyond the art and practice of sketchnoting itself.

Coffee Guide

Making great coffee from home is almost entirely a matter of having decent gear, fresh beans, and a recipe.

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