The incredibly talented Jen Mussari designed these Made in USA stamps for us to mark our outbound envelopes and boxes. Thank you Jen, for helping us tell...
From the Amy Ng, the creator of Pikaland, a blog about “living the illustrated life”, comes 1000 Things to Draw. A gift for those of us imaginatively challenged people who when faced with a blank page and a child’s request of ‘draw something!’ have no idea what to do. With inspirational items like ‘a mosquito tracking a ship’ and ‘a farmer morphing into a star’, your doodlers block is a thing of the past.
From the ever-inspiring mathematician (and mathemusician) Vi Hart:
A visual and musical expression of mathematical symmetry groups. The transformations done to the video are equivalent to the transformations done to the notes.
These type of repeating patterns are called frieze patterns. A couple wallpaper groups are also represented.
[Creative expression] Crayons you can wear or build with.
I was always fond of candy necklaces as a kid but they never really lasted very long and you were soon left with a wet discoloured pieces of elastic around your neck. Third Drawer Down’s crayon necklace should however last a bit longer. And if you don’t want something to wear, then these crayon blocks are double fun too. See all the Third Drawer Down products here.
[Art] Paint like Michelangelo
Paint like Michelangelo! What a great idea!
Repinned from Practical Ideas for teaching younger pupils
[Art] 12 DIY water color techniques
It’s How-to Tuesday!
Today at corey marie ♥ com: 12 easy DIY Watercolor Techniques to create interesting textures for art journals and other projects, too! These all involve things you probably already have around the house! Check ‘em out!
[Creative expression] A 16 year old and his love of analog.
Although he’s busy finishing his GCSE’s at the moment, we managed to snag a bit of time from his frantic schedule, for us to have a little chat about this boy’s latest obsession with film photography and its unpredictable nature!
[Creative expression] Inside out lamp.
[Apps] We haven’t played around with this app yet, but it looks awesome. We spotted it on Fast Co.Design today.
How it works: A child makes something, captures it using the DIY.org app on his parents’ phone (or digital camera), then adds it to a virtual portfolio.
We started building DIY a few months ago and now we’re sharing the first thing we’ve made. This is a company that we hope to spend decades crafting, but it’s important for us to do it out in the open, bit by bit, to encourage our community of kids and parents to share feedback with us continuously. From Zach’s experience making Vimeo, we understand that this sort of culture fosters collaboration and admiration between a company and its community, and ultimately leads to something that is loved.
Our ambition is for DIY to be the first app and online community in every kid’s life. It’s what we wish we had when we were young, and what we’ll give to our kids. Today we’re releasing a tool to let kids collect everything they make as they grow up.
We’ve all seen how kids can be like little MacGyvers. They’re able to take anything apart, recycle what you’ve thrown away – or if they’re Caine, build their own cardboard arcade. This is play, but it’s also creativity and it’s a valuable skill. Our idea is to encourage it by giving kids a place online to show it off, so family, friends and grandparents can see it and easily respond. Recognition makes a kid feel great, and motivates them to keep going. We want them to keep making, and by doing so learn new skills, use technology constructively, begin a lifelong adventure of curiosity, and hopefully spend time offline, too.
We’re looking to you parents as partners to make it all work. It used to be that you hang your kids’ work on the fridge to let them know you’re proud. Now the Web is becoming a part of their life at home and school — and there’s a new opportunity to connect you to their creations and cheer them on.“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
- Sir Ken Robinson
When you help your kid join DIY, you’re helping to recognize creativity as an essential part of every kid’s education, and possibly a requirement for their satisfaction as an adult. Sadly, most adults don’t believe they’re creative although we’re all capable of it at any age! We believe that to accept yourself as a creative adult you must start as a kid who is fearless of learning new skills and doing it yourself. Encouraging your kids to be inventive and self-reliant now will better prepare them to participate in a world that keeps changing.
Here’s how it works today:
- DIY kids sign up and get their own Portfolio, a public web page to show off what they make.
- They upload pictures of their projects using diy.org or our iOS app.
- Kids’ projects are online for everyone to see, you can add Stickers to show support.
- You also have your own dashboard to follow their activity and to make sure they’re not sharing anything that should be private.
Kids are ready for this. They’re instinctively scientists and explorers. They’re quick to build using anything at their disposal. They transform their amazement of the world into games. They’re often drawn to learning that’s indistinguishable from play (think about bug collecting!). And, most important, they embrace technology.
We’re grateful for your help to make this company, and grow the next — hopefully larger — generation of creative kids.
- Zach Klein, Isaiah Saxon, Andrew Sliwinski, Daren Rabinovitch
(and Dave, Brian, Mike, Courtney, David, Lucas, Shawn, and Sean!)
Hang on tight while we grab the next page