As I mentioned before, I've been messing about with an 'un' version of a notebook. I've always wanted a notebook that did two things:
1. Helped you take notes in the most efficient manner. I'm not quite sure what that efficient manner might be though, so the first book allowed me with different styles:
That's the Cornell method.
Some random squares. You get the idea.
2. The second thing I wanted a notebook that would provide entertainment for those moments when the meeting is clearly a dead loss. So above is a template for making a crossword:
And this'll get you started on buzzword bingo.
And this was so I could practise drawing Pikachu.
Lessons learned from notebook1:
I didn't like the cover. It looked cheap. (It was cheap, it was the cheapest paperback format Lulu do. Which is very cheap.) The lines were all too thick and dark, it meant I couldn't ignore them if I wanted to which made some pages unusable. But basically, it worked. I filled it up quickly. Time to do another one.
This is notebook2. I got Ben to help me out with the design this time. The upside is that the boxes looked nice and elegant and were of the proper thickness and lightness.
The downside is that he snuck quite a lot of his 'jokes' and 'ideas' in there.
Then, at the back, I wanted to include a section of stuff that I'm working on. (I'm supposed to be writing a book proposal so I've bound all my notes in here hoping it will spur me on.)
And this is Dave Gray's Visual Thinking reading list. For when I'm in a bookshop and can't remember what it is I was going to get.
Notebook2 is a nice hardback book. More like a sketchbook. A bit pricier, and I don't really like the paper jacket thing, but it looks very classy with the jacket off.
Anyway. That's that. And on with the music.