People who start companies to make notebooks are usually notebook addicts– here’s a case in point. The Wanderings Notebook is a refillable leather notebook similar to the Midori Traveler’s Notebook. But on the company’s blog, Matt Hutcheson offers an agnostic appreciation of notebooks in general, with this shot of the his collection, plus some thoughts on how to select the type of notebook that will work best for you. Or rather, the different factors that you might consider in buying ALL the notebooks that work best for you!
“Here at Wanderings we make The Wanderings Notebook and are super proud of it, but that doesn’t mean weren’t not, ahem, slightly addicted to every kind of notebook and journal in existence.”
Read more at: Finding the Best Notebook For Writing, Sketching, Lists, and Life – Wanderings – Journals, Notebooks, Journeys
This week’s addict posted a photo of her collection on Instagram:
I love seeing the themes that emerge in people’s collections. This one has lots of strong, bold solid colors, Field Notes, Moleskine, Rhodia, Miquelrius, and more! Great collection!
You can find some amazing things in online archives. Below are some pages from a sketchbook by a botanist named Roland Thaxter, who lived from 1858-1932 (read more about him here).
The actual sketchbook is in a library at Harvard, but it is shared via The Biodiversity Heritage Library, which “works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.”
Source: Roland Thaxter sketch book, – Biodiversity Heritage Library
Here’s a cool new line of handmade collectible notebooks, available a la carte or by subscription: Hebrew Type. They are part of a line of cards, prints and other items made by Enon Avital, inspired by the graphic design challenges of using the Hebrew alphabet.
“Hebrew Type Books are hand made from scratch; printed, cut, sewn, bound, packaged, and shipped by me. They are presented with a right-to-left opening, but are designed to be direction agnostic.
With a double-cloth cover and a durable hand-sewn binding, these books will last a long, long time.”
Cool designs, and I love the way they are presented. Makes me want to buy some watches too!
Check them out at : Notebooks by Hebrew Type
Tina Koyama has some great posts about how some new types of Field Notes inspired some new sketching styles. After not loving Field Notes initially, she’s been using the Sweet Tooth edition and the Byline reporter’s notebook and having a lot of fun! I especially love the black and white ink on the red pages.
“Of course, the release of Field Notes’ Sweet Tooth edition is what really changed my attitude. Something about that brightly colored paper liberated me to try a different kind of sketching than I normally do in my “regular” sketchbook. Different media, different subject matter and mainly a different approach – quicker, more casual, more ephemeral.
And now it has happened again. Field Notes just released its limited Byline edition, which is homage to the classic reporter’s notebook. Long, narrow and topped with a spiral binding on its short side, it’s meant to be held easily with one hand while the other pens quotes from sources during press interviews. Although I appreciate the historical reference, I had initially dismissed the edition as anything I would use. The longer shape certainly doesn’t fit in the pocket of my bag where other pocket notebooks fit so nicely, and I couldn’t imagine the paper would be sketching-media friendly. (As it turns out, the paper is actually friendly to almost everything I’ve put on it so far.)”
Read more at: Fueled by Clouds & Coffee: What I’ve Learned from Field Notes and Still Seeing Red
This week’s addict is the blogger at The Unroyal Warrant, who mostly reviews fountain pens but has some excellent notebook reviews too, including some rare brands I’d never heard of. Nevertheless, after an initial aversion to the not-all-that-rare Field Notes, he’s been sucked in by their limited edition subscriptions and had amassed this collection as of 2013. Perhaps it’s bigger now!
“As I have stated before in my Field Notes Calendar Review I didn’t like Field Notes right away because the paper was not fountain pen friendly. Not too long ago I saw a friend’s collection of limited edition Field Notes and I stopped caring so much about the paper…”
Read more at: Field Notes Notebooks Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT
This week’s addict has a lovely shelf full of Field Notes.
You’ll also notice what looks like a couple of antique diaries in the middle there, but they’re actually iPhone cases! (A very nice iPhone wallet case called BookBook.)
Josh is actually reviewing the iPhone cases in the post linked below, so you won’t learn much about his notebook usage, other than that he sometimes keeps a leather Field Notes cover in his pocket. But I do like seeing his tidily shelved collection of used notebooks and spares!
Read more at The BookBook Case for iPhone 6 Plus — Tools and Toys
This week’s addict is an architect with a shelf full of sketchbooks and a recent preference for Field Notes:
“…I am quite pleased to have recently found a series of small, flexible notebooks by Field Notes Brand…
They are not quite large enough to replace the classic 5×8 landscape-bound black sketchbooks that I have been using for 20 years, but they are much more likely to make it to and from the jobsites…
On top of a bookcase in my office is a collection of about 30 or so sketchbooks, large and small, that I have employed since undergrad. These include the aforementioned 5x8s (the landscape-bound version can not be purchased here in Boulder and has to be ordered), as well as Moleskins, innumerable spiral notebooks and some very nice Japanese sketchbooks. Chock full of drawings, sketches, ideas and the occasional grocery list, it is a growing company with the Field Notes soon to be added.”
Field Notes brand notebooks and 20 years of other sketchbooks, by Mark Gerwing, architect
Read more at: Field Notes Brand | m gerwing architects, architecture, house design, multi-family design, Boulder, Colorado
The moderator of tonight’s Republican debate seems to use Field Notes, judging by this photo from today’s New York Times:
Source: John Dickerson, Molded by News Legends, Hones His Skills at CBS
This week’s addict blogs about pens, paper and more at The Finer Point. Jenny has accumulated a prodigious collection of Field Notes and other brands of small staple-bound notebooks, both used and unused. I love the way all the used ones look in the first photo– so much color variation but such nice, neat bundles of all the same sized notebooks!
These ones are unused:
“My issue seems to be really prevalent with pocket notebooks. Initially this was in part fuelled by the crazy collectable, and in part, competitive nature that exists around Field Notes. You don’t really have to search very far to see people desperate to have all the new releases and buying up large quantities of limited editions. Many people will have a problem of hoarding notebooks so I am not alone, and my stack is probably much much smaller than most, but to get a real idea on how bad it was I decided to write a post on the number of used and un-used notebooks I own.”
Read more at The Finer Point
Found via The Cramped