My First Moleskine

My First Moleskine

A blog about notebooks would be naked without a few posts on Moleskines. My first Moleskine that I actually remember buying is now 10 years old and I am still using it, I call it my “Web Book”. Back before Evernote existed, I used to write down little snippets of code and tips and random web ideas into this notebook, which is a Moleskine Classic Notebook, Pocket, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5), and runs for around $12. I have many different Moleskines which I will review individually. Proof of how old this thing is, my first entry in 2005! This notebook has held up quite well. The pages have no yellowing, they look like they were written on yesterday. The binding is threaded and is still tight and still lays flat. This is a quality notebook. The cover is nice and thick and doesn’t bend. The ruled pages are the perfect size and the actual rules are a good width, not too narrow, perfect for people with wild handwriting like moi. Pen test time! There is some bleed through with the Sharpie. Standard writing pens and pencils work best with this paper. When you lift the page there is some transparency but it goes away once the page is laid flat, so this is a good notebook for writing on both sides of the paper. Conclusion: This is a great notebook, a great size, just right for notes and journaling. Use for ideas you want to keep for a while because these are not exactly cheap (I use Mead Five Star notebooks for my more disposable...
Baron Fig Confidant

Baron Fig Confidant

Greetings fellow Notebook Fiends! Recently, I counted all of the note and sketchbooks that I had in my office and I counted close to 90. When I am in a store and see a new notebook brand, or if there is a sale, or if I am lucky enough to go to Borders when they are closing, I have a compulsion to buy notebooks. Just today, I found a crowd-funded notebook that lets you erase the whole thing by putting it in the microwave! Magic! Of course I bought one. I have bought several notebooks from Kickstarter, and am still waiting for a few of them to go into production. I figured I was not the only notebook nerd around so that is why I decided to start this blog. I will show off my fancy collection of notebooks, give reviews, and also tell you about pens that I love. Oh yes, I also love pens, primarily cool sketching pens. And yes, I have bought a pen from Kickstarter as well… Meet the Baron Fig Confidant I’ll start this blog off by telling you about the first notebook I bought off Kickstarter, the Baron Fig Confidant. Now my requirements for a great notebook really are tied to what I do for a living. I am an interactive designer, and I am either sketching interfaces, wireframes, logos, or writing down how I plan to build something. I don’t use notebooks to write poetry. So I was drawn to the Baron Fig because it has these awesome dot grids and it lies flat, two very important features for me. The Confidant also comes...