Lisa Congdon Notebooks for MoMA

Artist/illustrator Lisa Congdon has a new line of notebooks commissioned by MoMA, featuring her drawings of objects from their design collection:   See more at New Notebooks for MoMA! – Today is going to be awesome..

Diana Balmori Notebooks

I spotted this at McNally Jackson Bookstore in NYC and couldn’t resist: a small paperback book/facsimile notebook full of drawings by landscape architect Diana Balmori. From the publisher’s website (which seems to be the only place to buy the book online): “Notebooks is a record of sketches by Diana Balmori FASLA. Reflecting twenty years of […]

Lisa Congdon’s Sketchbook

Another great Sketchbook Sneak Peek from Design Sponge, this time with Lisa Congdon, whose Collection a Day blog was one of my faves. Why do you use a sketch book? My sketchbook is almost exclusively for my personal doodling, idea generation, and, of course, stress relief! I feel like it’s important to have a space […]

“The Best Sketchbook Of All Time”

I love thinking about organizational systems using notebooks, and I love seeing other people’s thoughts on the same topic. Here’s a really interesting look at one person’s perfect sketchbook system.   If you’re a serious sketchbook user, you know that it’s basically a second brain. By that, I mean it’s not just a place for […]

Tom Lipton’s Industrial Notebook

I recently came across a great post by Tom Lipton of Ox Tools, who designs and builds “special tools, instruments, and mechanical devices for the scientific, medical, product development, and metal working industries.” He has some great thoughts on why it’s important to keep a paper notebook, and the contents of his own notebooks are […]

Sketchbook Preparation

A fascinating blog post about preparing to do a sketchbook and laying out the pages. This method won’t be for everyone, but it’s something I’d like to think about for my next travel sketchbook, as I rarely feel like my sketchbook pages have good composition: “I approach my sketchbooks like a graphic designer and the […]

Moleskine Monday: New Brand Look?

Moleskine’s got a new look, at least for their website and ads. I wonder if they’ll start to use this new concept on the notebooks themselves, or their packaging? Over the past few years, the company has diversified into areas such as apps and print-on-demand services – and a new identity for the brand created […]

Moleskine Monday: Custom Books

It’s become quite common for people to customize Moleskines by having a company logo stamped or printed onto the cover. Sometimes there might even be some custom content inside. But it is relatively rare that actual books are published using a Moleskine notebook as the medium. Here are two that I own: The first is […]

Sketchbook Pages by Designers and Illustrators

A cool gallery of some great sketchbook pages, from the book Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators, and Creatives. This one is by Lauren Simkin Berke: And this one’s by Andrea Dezsö: See more at A Look Inside The Sketchbooks Of 10 Terrific Creatives | Co.Design: business + innovation + design.

100 Years of Diaries

Wow, I can’t believe I never heard about this gallery show when it was in New York this past fall: Dylan Stone’s 100 Years project at Ruth Phaneuf Fine Arts. I found out about it via a recent post at Design Observer: The Twentieth Century began on the morning of the 20th of August, 1900, […]