Category Archives: design

Fountain pens for kids

A colleague asked me about fountain pens today, and as she has young children who have yet to learn handwriting, she was interested in fountain pens for kids. If you’re keen too:

Pelikano Jr

Pelikano Jr.

lamy abc

Lamy abc

red model / blue model

Faber-Castell Schulfüller

There’re other children’s pens too, but the Lamy abc and the Pelikano Jr are available in Singapore, while the Faber-Castell one just looks cute 🙂

The Pelikano Jr is much cheaper than the abc, but I like the look and feel of the abc. I’d have one too, if not for the fact that it’s too small for me (but just right for the Other Half 🙂 )

All pens come with ink cartridges, so you don’t have to fill from ink bottles.


“Austerlitz” and Eric Gill

I managed to get a copy of W.G. Sebald’s last novel Austerlitz via BookMooch

(I suspect this will be one of the last I mooch. Many books I want aren’t available through the site. And of the ones that are, their owners often aren’t willing to ship them outside their countries. (Bookmooch members have set up a Bookmooch Angel Network to try and get around this, which is nice of them but still a clunky solution.) Simply, I’m unwilling to spend money on expensive postage to get points I can’t use.

Besides, there is no lack of good books in this country.)

Anyway, this paperback printing of Austerlitz is set in Perpetua and, more surprisingly, seems to follow Eric Gill’s rules for page layout.

Relationships are like toast?

There’s an amusing conversation about the burnt toast on the cover for The Honeymoon’s Over at the Covers blog. An excerpt:

“It’s a metaphor. Like, if a relationship goes on for too long, it’s ruined, and there isn’t really any going back, that’s what this book is about.”

“That doesn’t make any sense. How was it a relationship in the first place?”

“Well, they were perfectly good pieces of toast, but they didn’t take it out of the toaster fast enough.”

“How was the relationship while they were in the Wonder Bread bag?”

“That was courtship, I guess.”

“So the toaster is a metaphor for the duration of the marriage?”

“No, it kind of symbolizes… it’s the wrong toaster maybe. Or the pieces of bread didn’t belong together.”

Wandering hours

In 1656 the Campanus brothers had built a night clock for Pope Alexander XII. In a total innovation, they replaced the then conventional hands with hour figures on rotating discs, which performed a semicircular arc across the clock face […] The concept is that the moving hour display keeps an almost metaphorical count of the passing minutes rising and setting along the hourly arc.

(From The Watchismo Times. The link takes you to more wandering hour clocks and watches)