A Soccer Broadcaster’s Notebooks

I love notebook pages that are dense with information. These ones below, belonging to BBC Radio soccer commentator Nick Barnes, are just packed with writing, color and data– sometimes even little flags for the countries the players are from. All this information could have been captured in a less elaborate way, I’m sure, but Barnes […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Charity

This week’s addict blogs at Imperfect Happiness. In one of her posts, she talks about the difficulty of saying “I am a writer.” So many of us have this problem– if we aren’t being paid to publish books or write articles full time, we wonder if we can really call ourselves writers– or sometimes, it’s […]

Sketches of the Surface

Did you ever wonder how someone came up with the design for the Microsoft Surface tablet? Apparently it started with these early concept sketches in Ralf Groene’s notebook:   Read more at Microsoft’s Surface tablet started off life as this doodle in a sketchbook | The Verge

Robert Smith’s Notebooks

Robert Smith is a journalist who works on NPR’s Planet Money. I love this photo of his notebooks! Here’s part of his story on how they ended up this way: “I started to put photos on the front of my notebooks because I kept losing track of which one I was using. I would just […]

Sketchbob’s Sketchbooks

Sketchbob has a website you could spend hours on. In the Gallery section, he posts every page of a dozen amazing sketchbooks, including these: He also has a great page of resources. The blog portion of the site doesn’t seem to have been updated in a couple of years, but I hope he’ll go back […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Erica

This week’s addict tweeted me a link to a video of her collection, which you can see below. You’ll love all the variety of her journals, and how densely filled they look! Lots of tantalizing glimpses of pages fulled with text and art. Erica also blogs at The Nerd Journals, where you’ll find even more […]

A Sketchy Sketchbook

I love seeing sketchbooks that are really sketchy– not finished, perfect works on each page, but a mish-mash of lines and colors, where you can really see the artist working things out in a process. The one below is from ANOBELISK, where the artist, an illustration student, says: “I fill a sketchbook with images and […]

An Anonymous Sketchbook

A lovely and mysterious sketchbook from an Australian archive: “One of the most intriguing items in the James Cook University Library Special Collections is a private sketchbook dating from the end of the 19th century. It is considered an anonymous work because its creator, and/or copyright owner, is unknown and so far cannot be traced. […]

Camille Bryen’s Notebook

I wasn’t familiar with the artist Camille Bryen, but here’s a nice image of one of his notebooks: From an auction listing a few years ago for a lot of 4 notebooks.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Allister

Allister emailed me to share this photo of his collection, which is one of the most attractively arranged ones I’ve seen! Allister also makes notebooks: “Last year, I decided to take this passion a little further and opened an Etsy store selling Japanese notebooks that I hand-make myself. That way, I can experience that delightful […]