A Kid’s Sketchbook

A nice little piece in the “T” New York Times Style magazine, about a photographer named Dean Kaufman, who has taken photos of his son sketching at various museums. What a great way to get a kid interested in art!

Keeping Your Creative Ideas in a Separate Notebook?

Suw Charman-Anderson has an interesting article at Forbes.com about the best ways to use a notebook for creative endeavors. She refers to another series of blog posts called The Entrepreneur’s Notebook, which brings up a controversial approach: I’ve always used my notebooks for everything, whether that was notes from a meeting I was in, to […]

Moleskine Monday: The Detour Book

Brain Pickings offers a nice look inside a new book from Moleskine: The Detour Book, which I’m sure I’ll soon add to my ever-growing collection of books about notebooks and sketchbooks!   Read more at Moleskine Detour: Inside the Notebooks of Beloved Creative Icons | Brain Pickings.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

This week’s addict is a bit different, as I picked her because of the way she is addicted to other people’s notebooks, not just her own. Amy Ludwig Vanderwater blogs at Sharing Our Notebooks, which “highlights pages from a variety of notebooks: paper, digital, napkin, any kind [so readers can] learn how students, authors, artists, […]

A Manifesto in a Notebook

I love these scanned notebook pages containing the creativity manifesto of Frederick Terral. (Hard to say what brand of notebook it is, but I’m guessing it could be a Piccadilly):   Good advice! Read more about other inspiring messages and manifestos for creative people at Five Manifestos for the Creative Life | Brain Pickings.

Why We Love Stationery

We live in a digital age, yet sales of good old fashioned paper are way up. Why? An article in the Guardian provides quite a good answer: We all love stationery (some more moderately and tastefully than others). But why? It seems to me to offer two great and seductive promises. The first is that […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Gerard

Gerard is a curator and arts educator who emailed me some great photos of his “Idea Books,” which he’s filled nearly 40 of over the years: I love the idea of having notebooks dedicated solely to ideas and creativity. And you know how I can tell Gerard is an extremely creative guy? Look at the […]

Michael Bierut on 86 Notebooks

A couple of years ago, there was a great post on Design Observer about Michael Bierut’s notebooks: The post made its way around the blogosphere so extensively that I never bothered to link to it here. But more recently, a reader asked me if I had seen it, and it got me thinking again about […]

International Fake Journal Month

I love this concept, and wish I had heard about it before now, as it occurs in April each year: International Fake Journal Month. Here’s the creator’s explanation: What Is International Fake Journal Month? Basically it’s a free pass to put anything in a journal that you might not otherwise put in. At least that’s […]

Sketchbook Cover by John Hendrix

I love this sketchbook cover: From accidental mysteries: John Hendrix Sketchbook Cover.