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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.



The holidays are over, the gifts are unwrapped, and everyone’s gone home. Now what?

We’re not ready to let go of the holidays quite yet. To keep the holiday spirit alive, we’re writing Thank You cards for the gifts we received over the holiday season! Show how much you appreciate the time and care put into your gift by incorporating it into a Thank You card. Here’s one neat way to do just that.



New products are in!

Happy New Year everybody! For our first product release of the year, we're bringing you some familiar and some new products in a variety of hues! From the popular Juice Gel Ink Pens to vivid highlighters to ergonomic staplers, there is something for you to add a little color to your office space.


December 24, 2013 - Posted by Miriam to Staff Musings

Japan. The land of the rising sun. Where East meets West. Where technology and tradition collide in a kaleidoscope of brilliant neon lights and muted minimalist landscaping.

Where KFC reigns during the holidays.


Image by Chris Gladis, Flickr user MShades [CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons]


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.