The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax


A funny thing happened on the way to the digital utopia. We’ve begun to fall back in love with the very analog goods and ideas the tech gurus insisted that we no longer needed. Businesses that once looked outdated, from film photography to brick-and-mortar retail, are now springing with new life. Notebooks, records, and stationery have become cool again. Behold the Revenge of Analog.

I was interviewed for this book and am told I’m featured in it. I have yet to receive my copy but it looks great. Surely of interest to the readers here. I’ll post a full review once I receive my copy and have a chance to dive in.

How I Use Notebooks – Mike Vardy on Medium

How I Use Notebooks – Mike Vardy on Medium

I don’t use them as a means to keep a to-do list. Instead, I use them to ensure that I get the right things done. Paper helps me connect. There is an ever-present feeling about it, one that gives me the knowledge that capture is just a few pen or pencil strokes away.

Long time readers know I love getting a peak at how others work. Mike’s a friend so this is an especially fun one for me.

The Lost Virtue of Cursive – The New Yorker

The Lost Virtue of Cursive – The New Yorker

The laminated papers with cursive-writing instructions, taped to every one of the tyke-size school desks with the sweeping attached arms, were sad and beautiful at once, in the special way of obsolete educational technology, like the Apple IIe, or the No. 2 pencil itself. For me, a writer of strong fuddy-duddy credentials, the sad dramatic irony really was too much. You see, cursive isn’t being taught in my daughters’ school anymore, and hasn’t been for at least six years, as long as I’ve had children in the public schools. Who would tell the cursive that it was no longer needed?

Slice Planner: First Notebook Connected to Digital Calendars by Evopaper — Kickstarter

Slice Planner: First Notebook Connected to Digital Calendars

Anyone who has followed my work for a while knows my feelings about crowd funded projects. I receive a lot of requests to post about unreleased, yet close to fruition, products. Especially those on Kickstarter. And, while I have linked to a few here and there in the past, I almost never do so anymore. The main reason being that I prefer to focus on products and apps that are available to solve a problem or fill a need for my readers right now —  today. The second being that many of the products I have linked to in the past have either shipped half baked or not come to market at all, which then puts my recommendations in question. So, the fact that I’m linking to — and full heartedly recommending — The Slice Planner should carry tremendous weight.

The folks who make the Slice Planner were kind enough to send me one and I have been using it daily since I received it last week. It’s really well made with a ton of nice touches and I quickly integrated it into my daily planning. I absolutely adore the layout. I’ve long been enamored with the chronograph-style time blocking method they employ having first used it in the Muji Chronotebook (of which, I still have a few unused). But, having some space at the bottom of the page for my daily tasks and a full dot gridded facing page for notes allows me to have it as a single notebook for facing the day ahead.

Quality wise, it’s pretty close to the Baron Fig Confidant. Good paper, sewn binding, cloth cover, and two cloth ribbons. The paper is not great with fountain pens but not terrible either. But, gel and ballpoint pens work fine. There’s also some other handy pages in the front for “Goals and Ideas of the Month” and “Highlights of the Month” so one can record a higher level view of the days ahead. But, my favorite touch is the single page at the end of the book encouraging one to write and essay about the past few months.

So, if one were to only get in on the Kickstarter for the notebook alone it would be worth the price. But, as is pointed out, the planner is part of a “hybrid” system that includes and iOS/Android app that can read your evens and notes and merge them into a digital calendar or otherwise share your notes via email, etc. The truth of the matter is that the app is in the very early stages and I had some issues with installing the beta so I’ve not had a good opportunity to try these features. That said, I can see it’s on the right track and it will be quite impressive once it’s delivered.

For me, I’ve been very happy just using the planner stand-alone and have backed the project happily. I encourage you to give it a serious look.

Sorry for the silence…

I’ve had a lot going on in life lately and, of all of my online places, this one has taken the largest hit. For that, I’m sorry. I’ll be trying to turn that around some starting today.

Thanks for your understanding.

Why Is the Basic Marble Notebook Made by So Many Brands Still So Popular? | Adweek

Why Is the Basic Marble Notebook Made by So Many Brands Still So Popular? | Adweek

Since no copyright applies to these books, a slew of brands make them: Roaring Spring, Top Flight, Swinton, Norcom, iScholar—the list goes on. And what differentiates these brands? Nothing, and that’s the beauty of it: the marble composition book, a simple, understandable product that costs a few bucks and delivers what it promises.

Nice bit on the classic notebook I’m sure most if not all of us have used at some point in our life. I, too, have a great nostalgia and fondness for these. I have a stack of them in my collection of journals from when I was a teenager.

(via Austin Kleon’s wonderful weekly newsletter which frequently contains links to awesome handwriting/analog articles and posts).