Penclic goes harder on Scandinavian design than IKEA

It’s been a while since I thought about keyboards (other than how to get better about not eating around my laptop), but my new desk setup put me on the market for one. Curious as to what was out there before going default Apple, I remembered Penclic, a company pairing classic Scandinavian design with keyboards, mice, and more.

The folks there were nice enough to send me a sample of their Mini Keyboard C2, and after a few weeks of use, I’m pleased. It’s attractive, quiet, and while I’ve never had any wrist jockey injuries, they seem to take their ergonomics seriously.

If you want to switch up your daily office accessories, give Penclic a spin. They’ve got some solid looking wireless options as well.

Our February 2017 mixtape

This month’s special contributor to the mixtape is our homie Rashid Zakat, a filmmaker and all-around creative that splits his time between Philly and NYC. He kicks things off with a track that perfectly complements his dedication to exploring music – French Canadian hip hop out of Montreal. Listen in and see why Rashid’s worth a follow below.

Listen on:  Spotify | Apple Music

About Rashid Zakat

He can craft films. He can shoot photos. His obsession with music means he can deejay everything from the soft opening of a new bar to a really hip wedding. Rashid will make you question the advice to focus on doing one thing really well. Because, after all, the world requires us to be good at lots of stuff.

Start by checking out Negroes of New York, his project dedicated to snapping portraits of people of color in NYC. Then sign up for the Awesome Farm Newsletter, which will keep you streets ahead of people who rely on Facebook for finding out about cool shit. But before you get lost, make sure to bookmark his Intergalactic Beat Tape, which will impress the hell out of the person who wakes up in bed next to you wondering if they made a good decision.

Stay tuned for a new film project from Rashid this spring by following him on Instagram.

This device helps you pinpoint the ideal conditions for creativity

I didn’t get around to covering it when I first received a sample, but 72U (the creative residency from 72andSunny) built a pretty neat compass device it calls LOCU. Every 60 seconds, it checks your environment measuring temperature, sound, and light so you can foster the optimal conditions for being creative.

When the temperature is just right (72 degrees), LOCU will glow blue. When the sound is ideal (70 decibels) it glows magenta. And when the light conditions are Goldilocks (150 LUX) it glows yellow. LOCU beams white when it’s all systems, err conditions go.

LOCU-1

LOCU-2

Because we definitely don’t want to offer any alternative facts (those are called lies), you should know there is real research from Cornell, Univ. of Chicago, and the Journal of Environmental Psychology that went into uncovering what the optimal creative conditions are. Just don’t go overboard and spend all day in search of the balance. A lot of great art and ideas come when our tools and environment are less than perfect. Still, LOCU would be fun to experiment with at a brainstorm.

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