Recently I've become obsessed with writing (on paper). I've found it's really satisfying to have record of ideas, from their development right up to their execution. Notebooks are just the best inventions if, like me, you stuggle with words and communicating your trail of thought with others. Since this started about 2 month ago I've gotten through 3 spirals and a huge pack of post-its; mainly with web designs and life lists, future plans and freehand sketches.
The problem is that I've had free access to perfect mini-sketchbooks from my lovely school art department and now I've left school, thus no more free supplies. I like to buy quality, well-made things so WHSmith's 5-pack isn't going to cut it. After some serious research I picked Field Notes over Moleskine and Jottrr. Field Notes are beautiful and earthy and have a military-style Futura block type on the front. People make the covers pretty as well by drawing and screen-printing and their awesome (sold out) dry transfer editions where you title it whatever you want.
Then after some severe stalking I found some of their videos about the production process. It's such an exact art. Printing presses are just fascinating, how the repetition is so precise and ah I can't explain quite how much passion I have for when creative aesthetics meet productivity and mathematics. I think that conjunction is formally called 'Design'. Anyway. These are so charming I've bought a set complete with rubber bands, pens and pencils, I can't wait to start creating in them.