This is a very cool notebook story. In Johannesburg, South Africa, a photographer started a community project at a shelter for former street kids. He gave them disposable cameras, taught them about photography and exhibited their work. In order to make the project sustainable and help the kids earn some income, they set up an online shop selling logowear and products featuring the kids’ photography, including these notebooks:
Check it out at: iwasshot in joburg 🙂 – Journals
I’ve been posting less frequently here lately, due to some time constraints, but I’m still always searching for interesting notebooks! If you are hungry for notebook eye candy in between blog posts, please make sure you also follow me on Pinterest. Lots of beautiful notebook pages and other good stuff.
… so little time! I’m way behind on my notebook reviews but here’s a sneak peek at some of what’s in the pipeline!
Dreamday Pattern Journals
Stillman & Birn Softcover Sketchbooks
(sold in Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets)
(from Mexico, not sure if they are sold anywhere in the US right now but I got mine here)
Iconic Essay notebook
Black & Red A6 hardcover journal
Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on these soon! Stay tuned for reviews and some giveaways too!
More notebooks from chefs!
“Fine-art photographer Jeff Scott won the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the Photography category for Notes From a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession….
The book doesn’t contain any recipes, but instead aims to reveal the creative process for some of the top, young chefs in America. Shot documentary-style, Scott’s photos show the chefs at work and away from the kitchen as well as their personal notebooks where menus are planned and recipes created.”
The books are available at Amazon.
Something new and different! Spotted at Kinokuniya bookstore in NYC:
I haven’t seen these for sale anywhere else, but they’re made by a UK company: Waverley Books. Two sizes are available. Here’s the full product description from their site:
The Waverley Scotland Tartan Cloth Commonplace Notebooks Anderson has 176 pages (left side blank, right side ruled), acid-free, threadsewn, 80 gsm cream shade pages, are bound in genuine Scottish tartan cloth over board, with round cornered cover and bookblock corners, stained edges and a matching elastic enclosure.
Each volume has a ribbon-marker and an expandable inner note holder made of cardboard and cloth, and removable booklet with background notes, with a Clan Map of Scotland, and with an individual bookmark, giving detail on the specific tartan used for the binding.
The tartan cloth is supplied by and produced with the authority of Kinloch Anderson Scotland, holders of Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.
Trimmed page size: 90 × 140 mm
Hardback, 176 pp.
The pocket size notebooks are available on Amazon for $14.95.
Here’s another Kickstarter from the maker of the Penroll, which I reviewed a while back. The Flipclip also allows you to keep pens and pencils tidily attached to your notebook, in a clever hinged clip that opens so your notebook can still lie flat on a desk. Check it out soon, as the Kickstarter deadline for funding is Nov. 21, 2016.
You may remember Michael Bierut’s stack of composition books that he’s used for many years– one of my favorite notebook stories ever.
Now, Aron Fay, a colleague of Bierut’s at Pentagram, has a Kickstarter project going for an upscale, redesigned version of the composition book, using higher end materials and construction. While part of me thinks the original composition book is a classic that shouldn’t be messed with, I have to say “comp” sounds really nice! Lined and unlined versions will be available, with 120 gsm paper.
Check out the Kickstarter page here. It’s worth it just for the gallery of composition books throughout history!