notebooks for graphing the past and future

Tara Mann

As much as we’re fans of smart phones, we can’t live without blank notebooks for writing down some interesting thing we saw or need to remember, or notes for helping us organize our day. We’re always on the lookout for cheap, well-designed notebooks that are a pleasure to use AND shift our thinking slightly. We find a lot of good ones at Muji, the haut-minimal Japanese housewares store. We’re currently smitten with their Chrononotebook, an AM/PM scheduler with an image of a white clock on the left/AM side and a dark clock on the right…designed to help you plot your day visually and graphically rather than the usual linear fashion, a practice we’ve found can help us loosen things up a bit.

We asked Tara Mann, a young friend who is working on a double major in communication design & digital media, to plot a few days (which were rather lazy, since she was on summer break).

Tara Mann

Tara Mann

We discovered that the Chrononotebooks (and just about any blank notebook) are great for graphing stuff that happened, as well as things to come…

(…graphic novel…graphic diary…graphic planner…)

3 Responses to notebooks for graphing the past and future

  1. Sally 10.14.2010 at 10:31pm #

    This came by email from our friend Lee Haiken:

    “I love notebooks and may be the last woman alive to use a Filofax. Also fond of Muji notebooks; carry one all the time. Thanks for all that info. Lee”

  2. Sally 10.14.2010 at 10:32pm #

    …h-m-m-m Somewhere I read that there is a trend back toward PAPER schedulers like Filofax…
    ….WHATEVER WORKS is our view…

  3. Kim Sykes 12.27.2010 at 3:10pm #

    Just gifted a few friends with this notebook for the holidays and will start using mine in the new year. Very cool for us graphically minded folk!

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