An empty pad of sticky notes leaves nothing but sadness, a void of emptiness on your desk. Hope those ideas were good, Mr. Idea Man, because they cost a very small, very sticky stack of paper its life.
The company sells tear-off sticky note pads called “Omoshiro Blocks,” or “fun blocks,” that reveal an item when the notes are used up. As you pull away sheet after sheet, tiny bits of unused paper on each layer remain, slowly amassing to a hidden sculpture inside. Witchcraft? Maybe. Probably.
Each individual piece of paper has been laser cut, and all of those laser cuts en masse stack to form a 3D sculpture. Of course, this means that the sheets you pull away aren’t perfect squares, but quirky, jagged scraps of paper of ever-varying shape. But truth be told, since Omoshiro Blocks range in price from about $40 to $100, they’re way too expensive to be treated as note pads anyway.
Still, it would be satisfying to see 3M license the idea for its official Post-It line in limited editions, and put a finished-sticky-note-sadness once and for all.