Kishi Machiko alerted us to the availability of nuuna notebooks from Japan.
"nuuna is a new and iconic notebook line from brandbook made with extraordinary cover materials, selected paper, powerful colors and uncompromising attention to detail.
nuuna Beach is made with a beautiful linen-covers hardback, 192 pages of 90g premium dotted paper. Each book has a paper pocket in the back which is same color as elastic strap.
The inside front and back cover is lined with matching colored paper. Available in medium (5.55" x 8.14") or small (3.58" x 5.19")"
"Linen-covered and hardback". Keywords that beckon to the affcionado. I was sent a sample of an similar notebook in the early days of Notebookism. It just sat on my desk like a touchstone - too pretty to even write on.
Wrapping up "handwriting week" at Notebookism is this feature from The Atlantic on handwritten verses by famous authors.
"Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently," Jean Cocteau once. Examining the handwritten poems of famous authors—those made popular by their texts and several famous for other art forms—offers a kind of intimacy that typed words cannot convey.
This could be very well become handwriting week here at Notebookism as we feature this shared link from the New Yorker.
"Pages from the working notebooks, the “Cahiers,” are written in fluid, all but illegible script, suggesting that Proust wrote quickly and easily. He wrote in lined notebooks, with double-lined red margins, where you sometimes find the absent-minded doodling of the author; at other times, he seems to be elaborating on the things he has set down."
"This is quite a masculine hand in many ways, but it is softened slightly by the lack of sharp points on letters like n, m and h. It shows that she's a little bit broader in her approach, able to listen to people – even if she doesn't always agree." - Eileen Quigley, former chair of the British Institute of Graphologists, is also a psychologist
WORD offers a simple, yet efficient approach to note-keeping.
"Each features a unique system for keeping all the things you jot down in order. Your to-do lists will be cleaner, your notes will be more organized and your notebook won’t look like a disaster. Every Word. Notebook is designed and made right in the USA."
In a market steadily filling up with all sorts of pocket jotters, it's no longer about simply being a notebook. Or is it?
NPR's Marketplace featured Moleskine the other day as the company goes public.
"What's the future of a paper company in the digital age? For Italian notebook maker Moleskine, it's bright enough to raise $300 million from investors. Moleskine has built a profitable niche-selling notebooks modeled on the ones used by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway. But once the company's stock begins trading publicly on Wednesday, Moleskine will have to keep growing to keep shareholders happy. It has a plan."
I was supposed to be interviewed but that didn't pull through on time.
Recently making its appearance is this sleek marker from Sharpie, refillable and fine-tipped. Will probably bleed through most notebook pages but great for doodling on covers and anything writable that happens to be around it. Laser-etched logo, too! Pew! pew! pew!
Uploaded a while back, this video from Field Notes gives us a peek at how their notebooks are made. Having been around letterpress machines as a kid, this short documentary really took me back in time.