Sketchy Notebook – One Notebook To Rule Them All
So, what is it?
SketchyNotebook is a lightweight journal supplemented with an available six different templates, and two ruler/page markers. These templates slip easily underneath lightweight pages to allow the artist to switch from one project to another without losing that clean, fresh feeling of a new notebook.
SketchyNotebook was created by Tim Tu who saw a need after switching from one book to another for every project. Tu designed SketchyNotebook so that the Artist could sketch and discard drafts without causing the book to fall apart. “Some people will be afraid to write in their notebooks simply because they’re reluctant to mess up the overall aesthetic of the book, and I’m one of those people,” Tu said.
Six Templates and Counting
The SketchyNotebook was inspired by the Hermann Grid with the use of optical illusions as a guide for the Artist.
- Lined Paper
- For journaling or brainstorming.
- Mobile App Design
- Proportionate to 1136 x 640 pixels.
- Website Design
- Proportionate to 1024 x 768 pixels with safety area
- Interior Design/ Architect
- One point and two point perspective
- Block and Isometric
- Film Frames
- Inner and Outer Frames
What is So Special about the Paper?
SketchyNotebook uses a lightweight signature page to allow the artist to work easily from their templates.
- 80 gsm (~ 20 lbs) paper means less trees are used
- Standard A5 sheets.
- CO2 Neutral
- Spineless. The Artist can move across the page with no spirals or page fold caverns in the way.
Tim Tu, creator of SketchyNotebook, took the time to answer some questions we had about SketchyNotebook. He can be reached at email@example.com
The templates are fascinating, can you explain the way that the Hermann Grid has inspired your templates as is mentioned on the KickStarter. How does this work for your notebooks?
When I sketch on traditional grid or lined notebooks, I find the guidelines extremely distracting and unnecessary. I’m always fascinated by optical illusions when visually perceived images are different from reality. We took that concept further by creating negative space for our templates so not only is it easier to see but it also creates the guidelines that users need.
The pages are so thin and C02 neutral, has the environmental benefit of these characteristics motivated your project as well? Is developing an environmentally friendly product one of your priorities with developing the SketchyNotebook?
We are especially dedicated to sustainability and the environment. So we use FSC certified paper and hopefully on more eco-friendly products in the future.
What about the binding makes the papers easy to pull out without destroying the rest of the signature?
With a traditional binding, when you tear off one page, the other half of the page will fall off as well. Because of this, we tend to stop tearing off the pages to maintain the integrity of the binding. Some people will be afraid to write in their notebooks simply because they’re reluctant to mess up the overall aesthetic of the book, and I’m one of those people.
Therefore, I wanted a different kind of binding where you can easily tear off the page to share or simply get rid of. We tested many different types of bindings with the factory before finding the right one. It was extremely difficult to find the right balance where the paper would hold together with the binding and not fall out after removing sheets.
How is this notebook a technological tool? How is it relevant in a world dominated by computers?
There are a lot of times where sketching on paper is still far more easier than using a computer. We’re currently working on an app to use along with the SketchyNotebook, just like the world leading software Adobe is collaborating with Moleskine. Marriage between physical and digital space is an area we look forward to improving to ultimately make an even better experience for the user.
I am also interested in the creator, Tim Tu. The kickstarter video shows how you were frustrated with having to carry around different notebooks for different projects and I believe this rings true with today’s multitasking creative person. What were you working on to bring you to the point of inventing the book? Were there others like you that shared your frustrations?
I thought of the idea back in 2010 when I was a co-founder of a web design studio. Back then, crowdfunding wasn’t as popular as it is now and the idea was just a dream. Not many people around me felt that there was a need to improve on what is already on the market, so it was really hard to motivate myself to get the project started in the beginning.
Kickstarter really helped not only to turn this dream into a reality but works to connect designers, inventors and creatives with like minded people to turn concepts into actual products.
I use SketchyNotebook nearly every day. I use it to do my daily work on web design, to organize my writings and layout, iPhone apps as well. Some users use their SketchyNotebooks even more than me, utilizing all of the templates instead of just a few. For this reason we are looking to expand the templates selection in the future to fulfill every artists needs.
One Notebook, Kept Neat
Sketchy Notebook is designed to serve the Artist. With thin, clean pages that lay out at a 180 degree angle, detachable without compromising the integrity of the notebook, the artist can approach this work space with a fresh clean page every day. This clean slate inspires the Artist and tames the neat freak.