Gary Panter’s Sketchbook

This photo of artist Gary Panter caught my eye– I wish I could get a better look at that little sketchbook! Panter creates art in various media, but the New York Times article this photo accompanies focuses on his new graphic novel, Songy of Paradise. The article notes that he does not use digital tools […]

Grandma’s Teenage Diaries

A very cool story about someone finding his grandmother’s old diaries… and what lovely diaries they were, with colorful patterned covers and red edges… “My parents recently found five journals in one of those listless cardboard boxes that leaves an attic only when somebody dies or the house is sold. (Don’t worry, everyone survived the […]

Weather Notebook

A neat little article in the New York Times about amateur weather trackers. You can read it online here, but the photos only appear in print: That is quite a dense page of notes!

Notebooks in the White House

In honor of Inauguration Day, I thought I’d revisit a post I did 4 years ago about various members of then-President-Elect Obama’s staff who happened to be photographed holding notebooks. (Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine also looked back at that photo series in an article about Obama’s first term from the viewpoints of some of […]

Sloane Crosley’s Yearly Date With the Planner

A fun New York Times article by Sloane Crosley. She’s been using the same Louis Vuitton planner and inserts for 22 12 years and counting: At the end of each year, I sit on the floor and go page by page through the old calendar, inking annual events into the new one, all the while […]

In Defense of Paper

From yesterday’s New York Times Business section: PAPER still matters. The frequent whirring of printers in offices — despite the Internet, Microsoft Word, social media, scanners, smartphone apps and PDF files — attests to that. We may use less of it than we once did, but reading and writing on paper serves a function that, […]

Notebooks in the New York Times

Spotted in this past weekend’s “T” style magazine: A facsimile edition of choreographer Merce Cunningham’s sketchbook: And a look at the efficient carry-on travel style of Bruce Pask (he’s the fashion director of the magazine). Can you spot the notebook? Close up below:    

The Notebook of an Autistic Artist

The New York Times recently published an extensive profile of an autistic young man and his struggles to function more independently as an adult in the working world. His ambition is to be an illustrator and animator– below are some photos of the amazing little drawings he does in the composition book he carries with […]

Wilderness Jobs for Veterans (with Opportunities to Sketch)

An article in today’s New York Times about veterans being trained for jobs preserving public lands: Veterans Discover Allure of Jobs in Western Wilderness – This nice little shot of one of the workers’ journals came with it:

Notebooks Featuring Old Mug Shots

Here’s an interesting article– not about notebooks in itself, really, it brings up some interesting questions about how people “recycle” vintage imagery for stationery and other products.      Two young women in Cincinnati are testing the fringes of Fabulous Fifties nostalgia by selling reproductions of 1955 police mug shots. And their company, Larken Design, […]