Designers’ Favorite Notebooks

Co. Design asked 16 designers to share their favorite notebooks, and some of their contents. Here’s a few of my faves: Designers from Ikea, Pentagram, Ideo, and more tell us what makes a great notebook. Read more at: 16 Famous Designers Show Us Their Favorite Notebooks | Co.Design | business + design

Bob Dylan’s Secret Notebooks

“For years, Bob Dylan scholars have whispered about a tiny notebook, seen by only a few, in which the master labored over the lyrics to his classic 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.” Rolling Stone once called it “the Maltese Falcon of Dylanology” for its promise as an interpretive key. But that notebook, it turns […]

Paul Klee’s Notebooks

The page above is from one of the artist Paul Klee’s notebooks, thousands of pages of which can be viewed online here. “These works are considered so important for understanding modern art that they are compared to the importance that Leonardo’s A Treatise on Painting had for Renaissance,” says Monoskop. Their description also quotes critic […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Kristin Cashore

This week’s addict is the award-winning author of the bestseller Graceling, among other books. She wrote the first draft of one of its sequels, Bitterblue, in seven wire-bound notebooks, with some serious editing happening on many of the pages, as you can see from her photos below!   It’s a fascinating view into a novelist’s […]

Notebooks from Mussolini’s Italy

From an interesting article at Slate: “American student Barbara Donahue (then Barbara Finlay) lived in Italy between August 1937 and March 1938, when she was 7 and 8 years old. She attended a Catholic school, the Istituto Vittoria Colonna, in Milan. There, she was issued these small soft-covered government-produced student notebooks, decorated with colorful, dramatic […]

Eggpicnic Notebooks

Cute notebooks from an Australian company called Eggpicnic: “Fusing design with conservation, Australian brand Eggpicnic looks to raise awareness of the continent’s endangered fauna through vibrant illustrations and characters. Their first ever stationary launch, ‘Endemic Series’ consists of a duo of limited-edition field notebooks featuring two of Australia’s most critically endangered animals. Helmeted Honeyeaters and […]

Review and Giveaway: Writersblok Double Spiral Notebooks

When our friends at Kikkerland shared these samples of their latest new product, I had to clap my hands– finally a notebook that really DOES do something new! I’ve seen other notebooks that can open from the back or the front, but I have never seen a notebook with both top and side openings in […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Missy Dunaway

I’ve seen Missy Dunaway’s art on Pinterest, and was always impressed, but I didn’t know her backstory until I came across an article about her on Mashable. Not only does she paint amazing scenes on notebook pages, she has quite a collection of filled Moleskines! Read more about Missy and see more of her gorgeous […]

A Fourth Grader Who Writes Novels in Notebooks

I love this kid! Such a cute story, and I bet she will be filling many more notebooks in the years to come! “One budding author at Aldrich Intermediate School has written so many novels, she has to lug them around in a Dora the Explorer suitcase. Fourth grader Amari Morton not only fills spiral […]

Grayson Perry’s sketchbook

Some intriguingly intricate pages from Grayson Perry’s sketchbook: From treasured childhood notebooks to drawing with his daughter, Perry’s sketchbooks are the place where the artist learns if an idea is ‘a goer or a dud’ Source: Inside Grayson Perry’s sketchbook | Art and design | The Guardian