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


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.)


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


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


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

action book

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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  1. Jeff Van Campen said, on 28/08/2009 at 11:01 am

    Because of your recommendation, I’m going to get the Action Book as my next work notebook. I love the list down the rhght-hand side: perfect for my daily to do list or an action list for a meeting.

    Thanks for taking the time to share this list.

  2. Marianna Samara said, on 11/09/2009 at 9:37 am

    I really like paperchese notebooks. Btw they have a nice website too.

  3. Matt Jones said, on 09/11/2009 at 1:38 pm

    I’m always looking for a wireframe or dimensions to help me get started with sketching out ideas so I’ve recently started making a selection of sketchbooks. Take a look:

    Architect Sketchbooks for

    – Web Sites http://tinyurl.com/uservox-website
    – iPhone Apps http://tinyurl.com/uservox-iphone

  4. Nick Tobin said, on 23/01/2010 at 9:46 am

    Just a quick note to ask what your main criticism of our website is (no offence taken!), we’re always looking to improve any side of the business and get all aspects up to the level of our product…

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