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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.

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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.

This pen is mightier than a sword

Whether you’re signing a lease, mortgage, marriage certificate, or autographs for your adoring fans, a cheap Bic pen just doesn’t feel right. That’s why I’m glad to see Best Made Co.’s Embassy Tactical Pen, a writing instrument originally designed for military and government standards. Celebrate your big moments with a serious pen.

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Organization and good design at its best.

I’ve totally fallen in love with the beautifully designed home and office products from Most Modest. I’ve already picked up a couple placemats but my real soft spot is for the Simon. Can’t say enough good things about companies who keep it simple, clean and fucking beautiful.

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