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The bttn

The bttn is an interesting little gizmo that reminds me of a Griffin PowerMate but without the volume-dial component. What looks like a simple colored button (hence the name) is actually a web-connected device capable of executing interesting commands, similar to those of one of our favorite services, IFTTT. In fact, IFTTT is a service bttn is capable of tying into, along…

‘Creative Thinking’ Poster by Grant Snider

This morning, artist Grant Snider posted a comic about creative thinking that really resonated with me. As it turns out, he offers 11×17 posters of all comics on his site, and this one would be perfect for hanging in a creative workspace. The site isn’t set up like a typical ecommerce store per se, but the shop page does provide instructions on…

Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charger

This 5-port USB charger by Anker gets everything right. It lets you charge up to five gadgets at once—iPads, iPhones, Kindles, cameras, you name it—and intelligently adjusts the output of each port based on whatever’s connected (or disconnected, for that matter). Awesome for families with a lot of stuff to charge. It draws very little power while idle, and it has built-in…

Embue — Smart Energy Management

Embue is a new Kickstarter project that aims to replace your thermostat, but not just with a single unit like Nest. Embue has sensors that can be placed in every room, giving it a much better overview of your home or office’s temperature and humidity. And like Nest, Embue can learn from your habits and make adjustments as needed for optimal comfort.…

Twelve South HoverBar V3

Twelve South’s new HoverBar V3—an adjustable-arm mount for iPad—is just like the old HoverBar, but now it can also be used with newer iPad models such as the mini and Air. It can be clamped onto the edge of any surface 1″ or thinner, including a desk, the kitchen counter, or even directly onto an iMac for use as a sort of…

‘Writers and their Typewriters’ Poster

As the name implies, this poster shows off the beautiful typewriters of famous authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Joyce Carol Oates, George Orwell, Sylvia Plath, Hunter S. Thompson, and more. Perfect for any literary or writing geek to hang in their workspace. $14-$39 on Etsy.

Zen Pencils Poster Store

I’m a huge fan of the site Zen Pencils, where illustrator Gavin Aung Than takes famous inspirational quotes and turns them into awesome cartoons. He just reopened his online store with redesigned versions of his popular poster designs, my favorite being this one. Gavin himself describes the new posters best: “The quality of the posters are incredible. They’re printed on heavy duty…

Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Monitor Arm

When it comes to having two displays on your desk, using the static stands that come in their boxes may not be the best choice; they take up a bunch of room and can’t be repositioned very easily. A better bet would be using something like the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm. Designed to hold dual monitors that are each 24″ or…

Bluelounge Jimi — USB Port Extension for iMac

If you love your iMac but hate having to reach around the back to use its USB ports, the Bluelounge Jimi is for you. The idea is simple: the Jimi plugs into the back of the iMac and curves underneath to give you an easily accessible, front-facing USB slot. It ain’t the prettiest solution in the world, but it works. $15 at…

StandDesk

Research has shown that sitting at a desk all day is terrible for our health, well-being, productivity, and even life expectancy. Standing desks—especially those that adjust between sitting and standing positions—are a good way to counteract the negative effects of all that sitting, but they can be pretty expensive. (A fact I’m all too familiar with; my current “standing desk” is a…

‘The Display’ — Pen and Notebook Holder

Mike Dudek, the guy who writes about pens over at The Clicky Post, also handcrafts some very nice pen-and-notebook holders. My favorite of the bunch is called ‘The Display’, because it displays your pens nicely (up to 5) and also holds a few Field Notes notebooks. It’s obviously a great item to have in your workspace, but I think it works just…

Opening Lines of Notable Novels — Print

Here’s one for the book nerds out there. This upcoming print, titled A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels, is exactly what it sounds like: a diagram of opening lines in famous books. Examples include: Fahrenheit 451, Moby Dick, Gravity’s Rainbow, The Old Man and the Sea, Don Quixote, and a lot more. The team at Pop Chart Lab have…

David Foster Wallace on Leadership — Print

This Friday—February 21, 2014—would have been the 52nd birthday of one of my favorite essayists, David Foster Wallace. To celebrate the occasion, designer Debbie Millman teamed up with Brain Pickings to capture a passage he wrote about leadership, both in print form and as an 5 recorded by Millman herself. Millman originally created the print as a handcrafted felt-on-felt piece for the…

Podpad — Wall-Mounted Workstation

I’m kind of a sucker for awesome workspace setups, so the Podpad immediately caught my eye while I was going through my RSS feeds. At $1200, it’s certainly not the cheapest option around, but it has some cool features going for it: As the name implies, it’s wall-mountable It opens up to reveal a desk and several storage compartments Includes an always-open…

NeuYear 2014 Calendar

Yes, we’re a full week into 2014, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get the 2014 edition of the NeuYear Calendar (27″x39″). This is a great calendar to hang in just about any workspace, since it can be hung vertically or horizontally depending on which side you use. It’s also pretty easy on the eyes. Personally, I intend to use…

Gravitas Lightning Dock

The Gravitas is an upcoming dock for iPhone and iPad that promises to be extremely stable even for one-handed docking and undocking. At first glance, it looks like it would be made of lightweight aluminum, but it’s actually a much denser metal alloy. The resulting dock is one that has a small footprint but still weighs 2.54 lb (1.17 kg), which is…

Dartstrip — Magnetic Display System

Dartstrip is a Kickstarter project that aims to make the process of hanging art, photos and posters super easy. It’s an 8ft-long strip of white steel, scored in one-inch increments and backed with a non-residue adhesive, all stored in a tin that would fit right in at the tuna aisle. The strip is dispensed from the side of the can like scotch…

Aero Sphere Fan

Designed in Japan (or by bees, we’re not sure yet), the Aero Sphere Fan sports a unique look that can only be described as a “honeycomb teardrop”. Supposedly this honeycomb design allows the fan to cool a larger room than you might expect, but if nothing else it will certainly be a conversation starter. It’s admittedly not a very cheap fan, at…

Around Clock by Lexon

The Around Clock ($50) is a clever little timepiece that turns itself throughout the day, using a stationary red line rather than clock hands to tell you the time. It runs on a single AA battery and is operated by a standard quartz clock. It’s not exactly fancy, but it’ll add a little flair to your workspace.

‘Influence the World’ Poster

Sean McCabe is a very talented hand-lettering artist and designer, and sells a number of awesome prints and other goodies. My favorite of the bunch is the ‘Influence the World’ poster, not just because it’s beautiful, but also because it’s a much-needed reminder for us to strive to find our own voice rather than merely follow the crowd. I recommend hanging it…

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