These minimalist, hardback notebooks are thoughtfully produced.
Created by a small team in Taiwan, led by Tim Tu, each SketchyNotebook has lay-flat binding, a ribbon page marker, and 240 tearable, 80gsm acid-free pages.
The Pilot V5 is the pen I like to use for notes and sketching, and while the thinness of the 80gsm paper means you can see the ink on the back of the page (like with most notebooks I’ve used), there’s no bleed onto the next.
An expandable pocket on the inside back is for loose pages and PVC guideline templates. Four templates are included — grid, isometric, and lined (horizontal and vertical) — with others available for storyboards, perspective grids, fashion design, and iPhone/website mockups.
In the past I’ve bought gridded notepads. Handy at times, but not for everything, so these templates make more sense.
The couple I have are A5, but they’re also available in letter and A6. At the time of writing, the SketchyNotebook team have raised $27,700 of their $30,000 Kickstarter goal with 17 days to go. Best of luck with it Tim.