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levenger

29 March 2006

Levenger notebook

Levenger SwiftNotesLevenger card folio

Levenger sells some beautiful "tools for serious readers." I first learned about them when I was on my index card kick, but since then I've switched to my Moleskine planner and my 3×5"s are sitting on a lonely corner of my desk.

As far as notebooks, journals, and planners go, this is definitely something to look into if you're all for high quality and don't mind paying a little extra. Almost everything they carry can be monogrammed for yourself or your company, which is cool.

Shown above (from top) are a composition notebook, their SwiftNotes system (too small, alas, to hold a pocket Moleskine), and their index card accordion folder in a gorgeous green leather.

Check them out. If you have Levenger stuff already, tell me what you think of it. I'm considering investing in a nice notebook or folio.

rhodia

29 November 2005

Rhodia - R08200 Rhodia - R12200 Rhodia - R14200 Rhodia - R16200

From the manufacturer (Exaclair Inc., makers of Clairefontaine and Quo Vadis stationery lines): “The orange notebook with a cult following! They are a favorite of artists, designers, architects, scientists and people who like to use graph paper for notes, sketching and hand drafting. The bright orange covers are scored near the top to fold neatly behind the pad while writing…. The orange cover dates back to the 1930s. It remains unchanged to this day.”

These lovely French writing pads are simple perfection: a variety of sizes, nice paper with blank, ruled, or lined options, and the classic golden cover.

I use the No. 16 (5.75″x8.25″, top staple, lined) for recording my teaching notes. It’s professional enough to use in front of my students, and well-made enough for my taste (no Five-Star wire-bound crap for me, thank you very much). I find that a page a day fills my planning and note-taking needs.

Rhodia pads are available through Vickerey, which would be a good place to get them, as ordering from the manufacturer is complicated and French. Of course, your local stationery shop or university bookstore is likely to have them in stock.

edit: these aren’t technically notebooks, they’re pads. Thanks for pointing it out!

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