A Pattern Book from the V&A Museum

The notebook image below is from an interested blog post from the V&A Museum in London. It’s an example of a pattern book: “They are reference guides for production. Maybe they show things made by the company in the past, maybe images by competitors, maybe historic objects – all intended to aid in further design. […]

Worst Notebook Story Ever!

I love notebooks a lot, but there’s no notebook worth fighting over to the point of pulling out a gun! Some Walmart shoppers got a little too aggressive looking for back to school bargains in the notebook aisle!   Read more: Gun pulled in fight between back to school shoppers at Walmart in Michigan

Jazz Green’s Sketchbooks

Some gorgeous sketchbook pages from artist Jazz Green:   See more at her website: sketchbooks | J A Z Z G R E E N Save

A Notebook with a Link to Van Gogh?

I was trying to find online images of Van Gogh’s small sketchbooks (the supposed “moleskines”) when I found the images below. The notebook pictured did not belong to Van Gogh, but was rather a sort of logbook kept at a cafe in Arles that Van Gogh visited. The notebook has been cited as evidence for […]

Moleskine Monday: Cartoon

Spotted in a recent issue of the New Yorker: It’s funny, but also kind of a shame that writing in a notebook in a public place has to be seen as pretentious…

Smelly Notebooks

Is smell ever a factor in your notebook usage? I’ve tested a few notebooks over the years that had distinctive odors, sometimes pleasant, sometimes not. When I reviewed the Rendr Sketchbook, one of the first things I noticed about it was a strong chemical smell, although it faded after unwrapping. One Moleskine I bought on […]

Moleskine Monday: My Collection

I haven’t done many Moleskine Monday posts lately… and it’s been a while since I’ve updated you on my stash of spare Moleskines. For those who haven’t read other posts where I’ve talked about how I feel about the Moleskine brand, here’s an abbreviated version: Late 1990s/early 2000’s— not too long after Modo e Modo […]

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 […]

Random Giveaway!

It’s clean-out time! Talk to me about notebooks, people. Use the comments on this post, and/or Twitter posts containing “@notebookstories random giveaway” to tell me something about why you read Notebook Stories, why you love notebooks, what you write or draw in your notebooks, etc. I’ll pick 5 favorite responses from entries received before the […]

Panobook Notebook

Here’s an unusual notebook format: 160 mm x 288 mm, 100 pages, dot grid– meant to fit in front of your computer keyboard. Of course you can also rotate it so the wire-o binding is at the top. I like the idea that it will lie flat on your desk, but as the illustration shows, […]