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Designer's Notebook Diary – May 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Diary: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Ntb edition (May 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811872343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811872348
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Schapiro and Brad Mead came up with the idea for the Designer's Notebook while working as design fellows at Chronicle Books. Andrew is now a designer for Chronicle, and Brad works for West Office Exhibition Design, a bay area design firm.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Clark on December 10, 2010
Format: Diary
This is a great little book for working on any sort of project, design or otherwise. It's just the right size, small enough to toss in a shoulder bag or a coat pocket, but big enough to be useful. The cover material is tough but flexible, and the built in elastic keeps it securely shut, and provides a simple way to attack some papers or hold a pen with it during transport.

The paper is printed with a dot grid, rather than lines, which makes it easy to sketch precisely without getting in your way. The project notes every eight pages aren't that useful if, like me, you tend to use many pages for one project before moving on to the next, but it's not a big deal. The reference pages in the back are potentially useful, and don't get in the way in any case.

The included tracing paper is a bit wasted, in my opinion, I'm just not sure what I would ever use it for. The included sticker flags on the other hand are very useful for marking important pages for later reference.

My only real complaint is that I wish the paper were a bit thicker. The pen I like (a Pilot Precise V7) is dark enough that it shows through and makes the back side of the paper not worth using. The only pens I found that didn't have this problem are really cheap, light writing pens that I really don't like using.

That one flaw, and the unnecessary tracing paper aside, this is a really great little notebook, and I plan to keep buying them as long as they're available.
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The reference section of this book is slim and of little value in 2013. It's heavily focused on print, very light on web content, zero mobile content, and includes a handy reference for a version of Adobe softwares that haven't been available for nearly 3 years.

The vast majority of the book is grid paper, which is very useful, and the paper is of good quality. The cover is elegant, but the elastic on my copy is twisted, doesn't lay flat all the way around. There is no ribbon to mark the current page.

It would have been better if this product was sold as a grid-paper notebook with a frequently-updated pull-out inserts to include the reference information.

Because I bought the book hoping for good reference content, and didn't need the grid paper, I was disappointed with my purchase.
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By Brita on February 5, 2013
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A great find for graphic designers. I absolutely love it! Definitely going to recommend to fellow designers. Tools in back are very useful. :)
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By Guil B on November 3, 2011
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This little gray book is awesome, it takes us designers back to our roots of creating and drawing on free hand again. Loving it its a great tool any designer should own!
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