21 Feb In studio: My love affair with notebooks
I recently put in place a self imposed ban on buying any new notebooks because I simply have too many. If I see a beautiful notebook I simply have to buy it. But as part of my new mantra I am using up what I have before buying more.
I use notebooks constantly, for everything from new ideas and designs to favourite quotes and my shopping lists. Although I am a fully fledged technology addict there is nothing quite like turning the first page in a new notebook. I still use a day by day Diary to plan meetings, ideas and to do lists and I am never without a notebook of some form.
My collection of notebooks.
While I can see myself going more online from a practical point of view, being able to access my Diary from anywhere would be a good idea. I can never see myself without my trusty notebook.
My go to for years was always the Moleskine. Although I have recently discovered a new brand called Leuchttrum1917. Below is a Moleskine notebook that I covered in off cuts from an old pair tweed trousers.
Each notebook is dated on the outside cover
If I am feeling a blocked or in a design rut I often flip back through my old Design notebooks. Below you can see the initial design sketched for my Egg.
Or the very first idea sketch I did for my hand covered pencils
My Design notebooks are a a vital tool, a recording device that I don’t think I could translate into a digital medium.
I sometimes make my own notebooks. The one you see below is a small pocket notebook, the binding is sewn using an old Singer sewing machine.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my love affair with paper and my obsession with notebooks
Until next time