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In an article at Howdesign.com , Jason Tselentis writes about the best new notebooks for designers and creatives and how to choose a notebook — but I like this photo of some old ones he’s already been using:
“For the work I do and the vast amount of notes I take, a lined notebook is my tool of choice. My brand of choice? That’s the funny thing, I don’t have one.
Some designers and illustrators are loyal to a specific brand. I’ve met those who love Field Notes. Others swear by Moleskine. Even Michael Bierut came clean about his notebook of choice: the 10 × 7⅛ inch National Blank Book Company composition book. But I’m neither a loyalist nor a purist, and one look at my notebook collection proves it.”
A commenter on a recent post asked what notebooks I was using for my business and personal notes. The notebook I was referring to in that post was a pocket-sized squared Moleskine, one of my hoard of old ones from before their quality declined so much. That is my daily catch-all notebook for journal entries, lists and assorted jottings. I don’t always put a lot of work-related notes there– usually just the kinds of long term, big picture things that are causing me enough anxiety that I am thinking about them outside the office!
For my day-to-day work notes, I keep a larger size notebook on my office desk. I write to-do items on the front of the page, and meeting notes on the back of the page, mostly. This has been a pretty good system in terms of being able to find notes by the date when I wrote them. I supplement my list-keeping with an app (on my phone and web-based on my desktop) called TickTick, where I store longer-term notes and to-do items. The work notebooks tend to last me a while so over the last couple of years, I have only gone through 3: a Doane Paper notebook, a Grandluxe A4 size Earth Care Note Folder, and currently, I am using the Appointed notebook I reviewed here.
I always like to use something with a wire-o binding, so I can fold the cover to the back neatly. And it is ideally letter-sized, so I can tuck other papers into it. The Appointed one is a bit small for that, but I like the paper and am enjoying using it. The smaller grid pattern makes me tend to write very small, as I also did in the Doane Paper notebook. I love the way this ends up looking– the pages are densely covered with print and doodles, so there’s a lot of texture in a way that I find satisfying. The Grandluxe notebook was lined in a wider rule, so it didn’t encourage the same kind of density.
My other frequently used notebooks right now are a Moleskine sketchbook (again an old Modo e Modo one) for daily drawings, a pocket-sized landscape format watercolor notebook from Pentalic for occasional painting, and a Field Notes for jotting down words and assignments in my French class. I also have a HandBook Journal in progress with occasional sketches but I haven’t been using it very often. Here’s a few random recent pages from my Moleskine sketchbook and squared notebooks:
I am about to finish my squared Moleskine, so I have to think about what to use next– I have a few other options that I have in a pile as possible daily drivers. Many are softcover and I am not sure if they’ll hold up as well. I do still love my old Moleskines, but I try to force myself to rotate in other brands, if only to extend the lifespan of my stash!
“[Internationally known fiber artist] Cindy Steiler is always working, in her studio, “drawing with thread.”, during a European artist residency, teaching students how to push the boundaries of fiber. She works in an antique mall, browsing eerie photos of women she doesn’t know. She works in a grocery store aisle, scribbling an idea into her pocket sketchbook.”
Here’s a couple of pages from that sketchbook:
Read more at: Cindy Steiler Brings her Process to Toledo
Who knew? It’s National Notebook Day today, May 19, 2016. How are you going to celebrate?
Thanks to The Cramped for the tip!
This week’s addict has a You Tube Channel called A Sort of Interesting Life, where he posts a lot of videos about living on a narrowboat, for the most part, but he’s also quite interested in pens and notebooks. Take a look at his collection:
I think he also has the same ancient teddy bear as I have! Glad to see he has his priorities straight for what to keep with him in what must be tight living quarters on his narrowboat!
Cute notebooks from an Australian company called Eggpicnic:
“Fusing design with conservation, Australian brand Eggpicnic looks to raise awareness of the continent’s endangered fauna through vibrant illustrations and characters. Their first ever stationary launch, ‘Endemic Series’ consists of a duo of limited-edition field notebooks featuring two of Australia’s most critically endangered animals.
Helmeted Honeyeaters and Southern Corroboree Frogs adorn the covers of just 50 hand-numbered notebooks each, created alongside Santiago-based design studio La Mano Ediciones. Every notebook is screen-printed, crafted by hand and made from recycled paper.”
I love hearing about new brands of notebooks– this latest discovery comes via The Gadgeteer (one of my favorite websites back in my days of Palm Pilot obsession, so it’s cool to see her reviewing notebooks too!)
Colonel Littleton is a Tennessee based company specializing in leather goods, and these notebook covers look yummy:
They hold commonly available notebooks such as Field Notes or Moleskine Cahiers, or you can use Colonel Littleton’s own refills, though it’s unclear what their paper is like. The packaging is cool too– they come with a rather elegant box that can be used to archive the filled inserts.
Read more at: Colonel Littleton No. 27 & No. 28 Pocket Journals review