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An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Cole is an typeface designer who caters to a very niche audience: companies that provide deathcare and wellness services.

Cole Imperi
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Cole Imperi, I live in Cincinnati (where I'm from!) and I work a few months of the year out of New York City. I own a company called Doth Brands, a creative agency with a very specialized niche: we only work with deathcare and wellness (mostly yoga) clients.

I also own a design studio called Hello Cole, and that is where my typefaces, custom type, lettering work, and other projects live.

Victor is my husband and he works with me -- he has a unique specialization in pricing design! I also have two beagles, Ruby and Hairy. Ruby has dwarfism which makes her extra cute and Hairy is my shadow.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Arlen Dean is an artist from Sonoma County, California who takes pen perfection to the next level with his intricate artwork.


Arlen Dean
Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Arlen Dean, I am a 31-year old freelance artist and illustrator living in Sonoma County, California.

My work ranges from large canvas or poster board drawings, to exquisitely detailed ink works that I have to produce with the use of a microscope. Some of my other work involves hand drawing using a digital tablet, but in general I use traditional pen and ink more often.

I love creating detailed patterns and abstract line drawings, and I enjoy the process of careful design work.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Josh is a graphic designer, font designer, lettering artist, and calligrapher who creates beautiful work using letters and words.

Josh Scruggs
Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Josh Scruggs and I’m a full-time font designer at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City.

I also practice hand-lettering and calligraphy, and have been sharing my explorations on my site 26symbols.com since 2007.

When I’m not drawing letters, I love spending time with my wife and two daughters. I have a dog named Rocket who may just eat more paper products than actual food.





An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Pranay and Paul are the masterminds behind the Apollo Pen and Tri-Scale: the ultimate drafting tool for engineers and designers.

Can you tell us a bit about yourselves?

We both grew up in Ottawa, Ontario -- the capital of Canada. We went to the same high school together, and have been friends since we first met in Grade 10 History class.

Over the years, we've worked together developing and launching a wide range of products in many different fields: social media apps, web services, 3D printers and even a full- scale mobile TV solution for cable operators and sports stadiums!

Even right now, we're working on a bunch of cool new products that should be launching over the next year. We have a very loyal community of followers—both customers and partners, and we often offer them sneak peeks, giveaways, and product trials months ahead of the scheduled launch date.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Mike Vardy has written about productivity for many online resources, and believes that good old pen and paper are valuable tools for getting things done!


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Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Mike and I'm a writer, podcaster, speaker, and “productivityist”. That means I'm both a productivity enthusiast and (at least for now) a specialist.

I was born in Hamilton, Ontario but make my home in Victoria, British Columbia with my amazing and supportive wife, daughter, and son.


It seems like you're everywhere! How many sites do you write for?

In the past I've served as the Managing Editor at Lifehack, a site that shows you how to streamline your life and increase productivity in areas ranging from communications and social situations, to gadgets and personal finance. I've contributed a total of 122 posts to the site, and enjoy sharing tips and tricks that I discover in my own day to day life.

I've also contributed articles on productivity to Lifehacker (a different site), The Next Web, SUCCESS Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more.