A reader named Steve asked this question in response to my Notebooks from Portugal post.
I have been “collecting” journals and notebooks for several years. I guess I’m first attracted to the cover and material first and then the pages. Then, after I’ve made the purchase, do I start to think about something useful for my notebooks rather than sitting pretty on a shelf (which isn’t a bad idea in of itself I guess).
What catches your eye when buying a new notebook or journal?
This is a great question, and I’m sure the answer is different for everyone.
For me, I think size is the first factor. I always gravitate towards notebooks that are in the 3×5″- 3.5×5.5″ size, with that height to width ratio that is equivalent to a golden rectangle. It’s just always been my favorite size and shape, and it’s an easy size to keep handy in a pocket or bag.
Next is color– I tend to be a minimalist, preferring dark solid colors for my notebooks, such as black, brown or charcoal grey, or sometimes a dark blue or green, or maybe a lighter but muted earth tone.
Then there’s texture– some notebooks just look like they’re made to be touched, especially ones with leather or suede covers. I’ve also seen some notebooks with cardboard covers that look almost flannel-like. I prefer soft, matte textures and don’t tend to like notebooks that look too hard and shiny.
Every once in a while I’m also attracted to a notebook with an interesting pattern or image on the cover, but they don’t tend to be the ones I just have to buy.
How about you? What catches your eye?