I’m sure many of us notebook freaks have often imagined creating the perfect notebook– something that would take elements of notebooks you like and combine them, or somehow correct flaws, or else customize a notebook that is perfect for your exact needs.
Here’s an interesting series of posts from a designer who did just that, envisioning the perfect sketchbook and even creating a prototype and branding for marketing it. Here are his criteria:
1. A sketchbook that highlights the work and not itself
2. Well constructed and affordable
3. No spines getting in the way of cross page sketching
4. Just the right size but with enough space or room to play with
5. “Boundary-less” pages
6. Flexible enough to do what you will
7. Decent quality paper that takes all non-wet mediums like ink, pencil or markers.
8. Appeals to everyone, not just designers
Spaces for Ideas: The Beginning
Spaces for Ideas: The First Prototype
Spaces for Ideas: The Brand
It’s an interesting experiment, but what he may end up needing is “Spaces for Ideas: The Desk,” as the sketchbook would require a surface with a hole in it to allow a full sheet to lie flat!