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The Composition Book Reimagined: “comp”

You may remember Michael Bierut’s stack of composition books that he’s used for many years– one of my favorite notebook stories ever.

Now, Aron Fay, a colleague of Bierut’s at Pentagram, has a Kickstarter project going for an upscale, redesigned version of the composition book, using higher end materials and construction. While part of me thinks the original composition book is a classic that shouldn’t be messed with, I have to say “comp” sounds really nice! Lined and unlined versions will be available, with 120 gsm paper.

Check out the Kickstarter page here. It’s worth it just for the gallery of composition books throughout history!


Michael Bierut‘s ‘30 Years 90 Notebooks’ Exhibition

Remember Michael Bierut’s 86 notebooks? Well, he’s up to 90 now. And they’re in an exhibition with a really cool poster!


Read more: Michael Bierut‘s ‘30 Years 90 Notebooks’ at College of Saint Rose | New at Pentagram | Pentagram.

Michael Bierut on 86 Notebooks

A couple of years ago, there was a great post on Design Observer about Michael Bierut’s notebooks:

The post made its way around the blogosphere so extensively that I never bothered to link to it here. But more recently, a reader asked me if I had seen it, and it got me thinking again about working these notebooks into a post. Now, I finally have a good excuse as there’s a video posted of Michael Bierut talking about how he uses his notebooks:

Michael Bierut on 86 Notebooks: Observer Media: Design Observer.

Check it out, it’s an interesting look at a designer’s creative process.