Finding an idea and creativity space with PLOTTER – Brad Dowdy [Interview No.003] – Plotter

Finding an idea and creativity space with PLOTTER – Brad Dowdy [Interview No.003] – Plotter

I tried out many planners and notebooks at my job. My planner has rules, my journal has rules. However, I don’t have any rules when I open this up, so it just becomes a space to explore, freewheel, and expand on ideas. It’s an idea space that none of my other notebooks have.

PLOTTER is a Japanese notebook system soon to be released in the U.S. Nice profile of Brad and how he’s been using it while testing it out.

How hundred year old books are restored | Boing Boing

How hundred year old books are restored | Boing Boing

YouTuber Merphy Napier takes viewers into the world of book restoration in her series of videos about the world of publishing. Merphy follows a seasoned restoration expert as she breaks down the various steps necessary to preserve and rebind books that are centuries old.

Very cool. I have an early edition of my favorite Hemingway novel, For Whom The Bell Tolls, that will need some similar love sooner rather than later.

Today, I am. A collection of Hobonichi Techo’s from 2020. – Fun Stuff – Hobonichi Techo 2022

Today, I am. A collection of Hobonichi Techo’s from 2020.

When you read back on your techo, it’s as if you on that day are there. What you saw, what you ate, what you talked about . . . We collected “my one page” of 2020, a year where we were unable to meet with people casually. The pages are a record of everyone’s life in a year that will go down in history. Let’s look at the “Today, I am.”’s, the theme of the Hobonichi Techo 2020, by date.

Many fascinating examples of how others used their Techo in what turned out to be a historical year.

My Dad’s Lists

One of the motivations in my personal zeitgeist as I started this site was my long fascination with other people’s handwritten habits and styles.

I recently noticed that the copious lists my Dad relies on have the same structure. For instance:

  • Always two colors — the list title being a separate color from the body. In this case, Red.
  • The title in all uppercase.
  • The list items often in all lowercase.
  • Though you can’t see it in the above example, he told me that to-do lists always have each item begin with the action/verb. “Wash dishes”, “Call doctor”, etc. There is generally space between the action and noun so that he can easily scan the list and pick out same/similar actions.

No particular point other than I find such things endlessly interesting.

Thoughts On The Future of The Cramped

I’ve been thinking a lot about this site lately. As you’ve surely noticed, I haven’t posted to it in a while. The last post before today was on July 1st — almost 6 months ago.

There are a number of reasons for this. One is that, when I started this site, I had some collaborators and contributors who have since moved on to other things. All of our lives are busy and we all have other sites that are more primary for us. Here’s mine. So it’s difficult to keep up a separate, single interest, site.

The truth is, I have lots of interests and my focus on which of those I’m more interested in than others changes. There was a time when I was super focused on the idea of a site focused not so much on the stuff of analog writing but the act of it and I think this site did a very good job of that. I felt it was a voice that was missing in the conversation around pens and paper and pencils and typewriters and etc. “Sure, but what about what you DO with those things?” is the question this site sought to explore. I’m proud of it.

I’ve also been in this position before. A very popular site that I’m pretty proud of that I’ve ended when I felt I had all I’ve had to say on that subject.

So, I’ve been thinking to myself that I’ve said all I have to say on this one… But then the previous two links pop into my focus and here I am excited about finding more stuff like that and posting about it here and…

All this is to say that I’m sorry for the lack of posts around here and that may or may not change and I’m just not sure what will become of it but know that I know and that I’m thinking about it more than you know.