The Pen Flyer : bored inspiration (1.0)

In a stuffy and stale classroom in 2003, a skinny nine year old boy with thin blonde hair, soft hazel eyes and a slightly crooked nose sat at his desk gazing out the window. His mind had quickly floated outside and was wondering in the fresh air as he closed out the drone of his teacher’s voice. The boy was a dyslexic who had always struggled at school, yet his polite and kind nature had won him many friends and he was well-liked by his teachers. He had only just returned to New Zealand after immigrating with his family from England earlier in the year. The whole process had been a blur and it would not be years later until he learned how hard the move had been for his parents. The boy’s mind gently came back into the room and looked at the clock above his teacher’s head. The numbers and hands were a total mystery, the clock could easily be late or early and he would be blissfully unaware — a perk of dyslexia. He searched his pencil case for relief against the overwhelming boredom. The contents gentally rolled out onto his desk as he found what he was looking for. A bic pen and a 10cm ruler. A small grin pulled across his face as he finally found a brief moment of solace against the banal world around him…


14 years later that same boy, now with stubble, was huddled next to a white convection heater in a small intercity apartment as his fingers plesently tapped on his wireless keyboard…I am he, and he is me

My name is Aaron, I’m a british-born designer living in windy Wellington, New Zealand. I’ve always been blessed with a curious and creative mind that constantly wonders. It’s funny to think that my then painfully bord nine year-old self had inspired an idea that has never let him go. During my studies I created the Pen Flyer based on the original boredom breaker, which at the time was not well recived by my lectures, but regarless has now grown into a niggling passion. These short but sweet articles will document my progress and allow you to peer through my eyes as I continue to refine and develop the Pen Flyer. Where will this toy go? — who knows, but thats only half the story…wish me luck…