The Guidance of Notebook Papers

I am fascinated by all the different forms and shapes that notebooks can take. A critical choice is what ink based guidance the designer will offer the writer. It is easy and common to offer a blank page, but we seem to prefer a set of markings to organize our work. Sometimes, the markings serve a general purpose of alignment and coordinates. Other times, the forms are specific to the task.  And sometimes, they are just whimsical.

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Confidant from Baron Fig

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Dots+Plus Notebook from Efficiency Supply

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Cuaderno rayado alemán by Formata

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Graffiti Research Lab Page from Almanac by Bohemian Collective

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Storyboard Notebook by Muji

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Let’s Go Letter Hunting by Princeton Architectural Press

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Index Page from a Common Place Book (c.1797, reproduced)

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Vintage Notebook from Biwa

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What Will You Make Today by Massimo Vignelli (produced by Mohawk Paper)

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Blue and Green Gridpaper from Three Level Notebook by Start Here

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Reticle Graph Grid from Field Notes’ Night Sky (FNC-19)

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Waves by Jill Bliss

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Memorandum Book, Federal Supply NSN 7530-00-222-0078

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Comic Note Book by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

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Page from Inspiration Pad by Marc Thomasset aka TM

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DotDash from Nock Co.

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