Being a designer I always appreciate a good notebook. They’re the places ideas are born, grow, and often die. They play a key role in the creative process, almost becoming an extension of my brain. I also enjoy a good journal, the best ones are handwritten, so a notebook often serves as both, or it works in tandem with another allowing for a bit of separation. It’s a tension which I often do battle with.
Tools & Toys recently posted a review of The Midori Traveler’s Notebook which seems like it might be a good solution to solving that tension. The expandability of it seems ideal to provide a place for ideas while designing and a place for journaling, one overall notebook with two internal notebooks. The utility seems ideal, the question is, could I give up my beloved Baron Fig Confidant?
I’ve long been a fan of Baron Fig, in particular the Apprentice. They’ve just released another limited edition called the Explorer Edition, another one to add to my collection, I think own all of the Apprentices including the studio edition.
This weeks edition is coming to you slightly late, no excuses other than yesterday flew by and I forgot to post it. I’ve tried something a little different this week, adding some commentary to a couple of links I really enjoyed and then listing some other good reads below them. I’m hoping to evolve this series a little over the summer to inject a bit more of myself into them. Hope you enjoy this weeks edition.
- THE ALPS by STRAVA – The last week of this year’s Le Tour de France has been through the Alps. This photo story from Strava catches some of what the Peloton has been through these last few days. Even if you’re not a cycling fan these photos are worth viewing. The mountains are stunningly beautiful, I could sit and look at them all day and I loved visiting the Alps the three times I’ve been skiing.
- Don’t Let Success Breed Failure — Shawn Blanc – The second half of this article from Shawn resonated with me and is why I’ve included it in this weeks edition. As a self employed person I spend a lot of time thinking about this kind of thing, especially after events earlier this year. It’s so tempting to continually say yes to everything, but it’s not possible to do it all. It takes a laser focus and discipline to make sure that workloads and priorities remain manageable.
Other links of interest
My favourite notebook creators have just realised another limited edition of their Apprentice note books. The River Path Grass edition has just been announced ad it looks just as nice as the previous editions. I own all three of the previous limited edition apprentices and use one everyday (more soon) and they are becoming indispensable to me.
This weeks edition has only four links, but they are packed with interest. There’s a short post to get that started that will of particular interest to those who run their own business, followed by a series of posts giving a few details into the behind the scenes of starting a new company (they make my favourite notebooks). Following my trend in recent weeks of looking into notebooks, there’s a review of the latest Field Notes colours edition, and then an in-depth article into the beginnings of the Apple Watch.
Sit back with a coffee and enjoy.
I really like field Notes, always have a little notebook to hand while at my desk. The latest edition are waterproof. This might finally be the solution for all the times I have ideas in the shower!
Field Notes announced the arrival of their Spring 2012 “National Crop Edition” memo books. I love Field Notes, there’s usually one on or near my person.
The passion in this video is why I like these items so much. The excitement in finding the memo book Aaron is talking about is brilliant, I love it, and the attention he pays towards them is mirrored in Field Notes.
If you don’t want to watch a video about old memo books, just load that page to look at all the covers of the on display.