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Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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Are you regularly described as creative? Maybe a little eccentric? Totally bat*** crazy? Yeah, me too. Grids & Guides is for YOU.
Yes, it's true -- you page through, you bounce around from one type to another, you never quite have the page you need in the order you want.
But it's in there somewhere. And the notebook is small enough to find your spot by paging through fast, use post-it tabs or even a color mark on the page's edge.
Paper is pretty good. Could be better but I'm not complaining -- and I'm very, very particular about paper stock. Chances are you'll be pleased.
Semi-flex cover is OK. It's firm enough to use against crossed legs, but flexes enough to jam in a large pocket or overstuffed backpack without cracking/folding/apparent damage. The embossed cover graph lends a unique handfeel.
Grid markings and quality are good, too. The only criticism I have is that the pages are such that grid styles are restricted to left-page-only and right-page-only. This wouldn't matter quite as much if they weren't up-down directional (just turn the book upside-down, right?) but a few of the more useful ones are directional lefties.
Implications of the above -- if you prefer pencil to pen, you're gonna get transferred tracemarks all over the place. This happens all the time with notebooks, of course, but usually I just leave my left-pages blank. It'd be better if the styles switched up between left- and right-page.
An initial disappointment that's turned around is the polar coordinate graph (two circles, graduated one each by degrees and pi) -- this one's actually turned into a favorite for some crazy reason.
Overall, good work. This is not, and will never become, my "serious notes" notebook -- the kind where I need to keep track of meeting notes or action items -- but it's my go-to "thinky" notebook for creative output, doodling, semi-unstructured thought or notes I'm writing because it helps me to remember.
I would not call this an "essential tool" - more like just an ok gift.
The paper quality and feel is great. The different lab notebook patterns and grids are good for organizing notes and drawing diagrams (using this for an antenna theory course and will be a godsend for keeping the notes clear and readable). Would also make an awesome art journal.
The random fact pages provide interesting distractions.
I definitely wouldn't use these for normal classes, but for stuff that will be referenced and added to for the rest of my career, these are perfect.