The rest of the P&T team will back me up when I say that I’m no one’s first call for computer-related problems (even including my parents). That said, I discovered a solution tonight to one that’s been bugging me since my first 386 PC… I finally learned how to kill the Caps Lock key.

Some of you will say “of course you can do that.” The rest will recall having thoughts such as “$hIt!…I need to google how to disable this stupid caps lock key” for the last decade. If you’re in the latter camp and, like myself, don’t understand why this throwback to the mechanical typewriter still exists, you’ve probably been meaning to disable it (violently, if need be) for longer than you can recall. Lucky for you, Apple provides the sweet, sweet relief you’ve been looking for. (No more Photoshop crosshairs!)

System Preferences > Keyboard > Modifier Keys > Caps Lock> No Action.

Now sit back and let the tide of satisfaction wash over you.


Thank you Apple. You complete me.

The Series 1 Pocket Sketchbook

As designers, we go through plenty of pocket sketchbooks, from Moleskine to Field Notes. After years of using off-the-shelf sketchbooks, we decided that we wanted to create one of our own. Introducing, the Pixel & Timber Pocket Sketchbook — Series 1. 


From timber to pixels and back again...

The inspiration for Series 1 of our pocket sketchbook came from the forest image you see at the front of our site. The intent was to warp that image into something akin to a Rorschach Test. After a fair amount of ink, we landed on an evocative illustration. Then we started chipping away at the sketch with an imposing, Tetris-like swarm of pixels and the P&T logo. The result is eye-catching for any nearby onlooker.


We wanted to be as sustainable as possible in the creation of these sketchbooks. That's why we picked the fine folks at Scout Books. Scout Books uses vegetable-based inks and paper sourced from American mills. The 18pt chipboard cover pages contain 85% post-consumer recycled content and 15% pre-consumer recycled content. The 32 dot-grid pages inside are 100% post-consumer recycled, 70# text weight paper. Plus, Scout Books powers their presses and production machinery with renewable energy. 


The sketchbook cover is a mighty canvas for inspiring others with a small dose of art. We plan to keep on making new editions. The design available today is Series 1. Get yours, for free, while supplies last. Series 2 will arrive in Q4 of 2018, so be sure to follow us on LinkedIn or subscribe to our blog to catch it in a future update!

The Deskey Bike Rides Again!


Last spring, we had the opportunity to work on a project for our friends at Deskey — the restoration of the wooden bike designed by their founder, Donald Deskey.

With all the wooden bike concepts out there today, the idea that this guy came up with such a gorgeous example half a century ago is a testament to his innovation — a trait that is a hallmark of the company that shares his name.

The Deskey bike had suffered a hilarity-induced injury a few weeks prior, so we had the opportunity to head down to our boatbuilding shop to put it back together. The images below capture some of the work that ensued and the finished product.

Deskey (www.deskey.com) is a brilliant brand agency located in the heart of Cincinnati and with a 90 year history of transforming some of the world's leading brands. If you find yourself in Cincinnati, please pop in for a visit — and check out the Deskey bike!



Welcome Simon!


After a year of design successes for our clients in 2017 and a busy year ahead in 2018, we're pleased to welcome the newest member of Pixel & Timber — Simon Leclerc. 

Simon is an industrial designer who has a knack for tinkering and a passion for the co-dependence that exists between product design and business strategy — a perfect fit for our team and our clients. With a background in exterior carpentry, designing for manufacturing, and working for clients ranging from fortune 50 companies to independent inventors, Simon approaches creative challenges through a wide angle lens by pulling from his broad past experiences. We love that he brings a new, unique perspective to our problem solving for clients, as well as his own aesthetic prowess that is sure to impress.

Most recently, Simon worked as a designer for LPK Brands where he leveraged his interest in product design and branding to help develop innovative products for clients across various industries. Simon holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati’s #1-Ranked School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). Much like the P&T founders, he returned to his alma mater where he now teaches Design Communication courses for undergraduates. 

We can't wait to see what's ahead in 2018 with Simon on board!

Wallpaper Interview With Jony Ive

From the "Articles P&T Loved This Week" file, comes this beautiful Wallpaper Magazine interview with the man himself, Jony Ive. It would be easy to pull a ton of great quotes, but I'll try the hard way and just pick one that really resonates with our philosophies at P&T.

‘When I look back over the last 25 years, in some ways what seems most precious is not what we have made but how we have made it and what we have learned as a consequence of that,’ he says. ‘I always think that there are two products at the end of a programme; there is the physical product or the service, the thing that you have managed to make, and then there is all that you have learned. The power of what you have learned enables you to do the next thing and it enables you to do the next thing better.’

The other gems you'll have to read for yourself. If you're not the "reading" type (though I'd question how you made it this far in the blog post), I'd strongly encourage you to at least check out the great photography of Apple Park that accompanies the article... I mean, just look at this staircase. Gorgeous.

Thank You For A Successful Screening!


Our screening of "Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry" is now firmly in our rear view and we are happy to look back fondly on its success. After months of conversation and preparation, the day arrived and thankfully, so did the community. We were able to fill the floor of The Carnegie Theater during both screenings, gathering well over 200 attendees! Between screenings, the Farmer's Market was equally full — so much so that the market members asked to stay open after the second screening to accommodate — which we couldn't be happier about. It was a genuine pleasure to bring together so many wonderful folks with community businesses and farmers. As a special thanks to all those who participated, we'd like to highlight our partners, supporters, and market vendors below, as well as share some photos from the day.

A note: if you missed the screening, we are happy to say that the film is now available on Netflix Streaming for your on-demand viewing. We would highly suggest turning down the lights, silencing your phone, and settling in for a quiet but powerful viewing experience. Additionally, the links and resources below can help attendees and non-attendees alike to learn and live more closely with their community. For a summary of the information below, you can download our Program PDF here.

Here's a few scenes of prep before, and glimpses of the market, during the screening event.

For More Information About Wendell Berry, VISIT...

The Berry Center



The Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Guide


Thank You To Our Market Vendors

New Rhineland Farm

2 Point Farm

Covington CSA Farms

Applehead City Pet

Green Grrrl Wisdom


A Special Thank You To Our Partners

And A Very Special Thank You To Our Co-Sponsor And Friend


"Look & See: A Portrait Of Wendell Berry"

Pixel & Timber is proud to announce something very special that we've been working on. In partnership with our friends at BluEarth Branding, we are co-hosting a day of screenings of the new documentary "Look & See: A Portrait Of Wendell Berry" this Sunday, October 15th at The Carnegie Theater in Covington, KY.

Screenings will take place at Noon and 4PM with a fall farmer's market in between, featuring unique creations from Chef Chris Burns of Commonwealth Bistro and Chef Baron Shirley of Inspirado. You can get tickets, for free, at lookandseefilm.eventbrite.com.

Wendell Berry's words and works inspire our firm on a daily basis. Hopefully the trailer below is both affecting and sheds some light on our affinity for his thinking and approach. We're so excited to offer this screening to the community — free to the public — and we would love to see you there.