Manual is pencils

Handwriting as a defiant act in the digital age

We all walk around with computers in our pockets that have the promise of making every task better—with minimal effort. But the digital interface is built to distract, not focus.

A pencil and paper is the least amount of interface between you and your ideas. Writing by hand is a purposeful act that slows you down and allows you to focus on what matters.

Sharpener Jar

This analog inspiration is what led to Sharpener jar—a humble object that celebrates the act of manually sharpening pencils.

Using your fingertips to twist a pencil against a blade is inherently slow. This gives way to the the underappreciated experience: the skill, the sound, the smell, and of course the shavings.

The simple act of preserving your pencil shavings in a jar seems almost absurd. But there's an inherent beauty in seeing the aggregated results of months of ideas—the byproduct of your ideas, sketches, notes and grocery lists—all packed into one humble mason jar.

Sharpener Jar was designed by Craighton Berman in 2013 and is currently sold out.

Read what WIRED magazine had to say about the more conceptual side of Sharpener Jar.