Letterforms in art and design always stop me in my tracks. I'm also fond of the things we use to make or display them — Sharpies and crayons, paper, card catalogs, T-shirts, chalkboards (who else out there has a thing for Cy Twombly?), and, of course, pencils. So I took notice when a tweet from The New Yorker's cover guy Bob Staake arrived linking to a "painting" — his words — of 1,500 pencils stuck to a 4-foot x 4-foot board. Seen whole, the work hums with restless energy. See more of my obsessions on Pinterest.