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Sketchbooks

Posted in design, ideas, information architecture, UX by solle on 27/08/2009

My preferred list of sketchbooks readily available. There are many others but these are the ones I choose. Some better than others in terms of paper thickness, how they cope with ink, watercolour, glue, Selulotape, 2B pencil etc

Try a few out – you really can’t have enough sketchbooks, in fact I’ve started collecting them.

Seawhite of Brighton renowned for their well made hard backed sketchbooks – readily available

(Pity about their appalling website.)

A post like this obviously couldn’t possibly be complete without mention of Konigi’s Wireframe Sketchbook

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Quite a bit of sketchbook porn at Fabriano

I can vouch for the quality – maybe something for the weekend 😉

Muji is always reliable in offering affordable and plenty of choice.

teNeues Slim Journals are a pleasant edition to the Moleskine-type notebook – cheaper too, if you can find them. (I got mine in a bookshop in Crystal Palace.)

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Pencils Sketchbook from We Are Family is very sweet – I got mine at the ICA in the Mall

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I also have a fondness for Chartwell Survey Stationary. Great for organising your boxes and arrows in all weathers. Available here

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Action Book from Behance Outfiltter. Plenty of other stuff to choose from.

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Rhodia offer good selection. I like the rise and fall variety.

Loads to choose from at the Design Museum Shop (and a good place to get your ODW (see below).

Other worthy mentions include this pocket calendar sketchbook and these two blog posts Sketching Tools and Piggyback Post: Sketching Tools

and no post on the subject of sketchbooks would be complete without mention of the Original Designers Workbook (ODW) – a great way to start any new project – and of course the Moleskine range

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Call to action to the UX community

Posted in UX by solle on 03/08/2009

New post over at You the User about the need for experienced UX professionals to help the more junior and less experienced members of the UX community with work opportunities:

“There is no doubt that it serves us all if the UX community goes from strength to strength but if we don’t help the more junior and less experienced/inexperienced members with work and learning opportunities a large divide between the experienced and the inexperienced is likely to open up and this isn’t going to help anyone.”

Read the full post at You the User – peer-to-peer UX recruitment