Today is World Sketchnote Day. Sketchnotes were pioneered by my dear friend Mike Rhode as a way to add visual storytelling to everyday note taking in order to increase idea retention and add interest. We are encouraged to celebrate by sketchnoting something today and sharing it with folks using the hashtag #SNDay2020.
“There is something unexpectedly liberating about putting pen to paper in this manner, something I’ve not felt in a long time. It was previously a struggle to choose such an option over typing on the phone but I realise that was because I had the wrong tools. I was simply trying to force the issue rather than let it happen naturally.”
Tools that you love are tools that you’ll use.
“Don’t cheat on the quality of your (paper) notebook. It records your greatest work.”
— – Nicholas Bate, The Skills, Tools & Knowledge You’ll Need for 2020, 101, 61-70
What sets kakeibo apart, however, is that it doesn’t involve any budgeting software, apps or Excel sheets. Similar to bullet journaling, it emphasizes the importance of physically writing things down — as a meditative way to process and observe your spending habits.
A personal budgeting method that is kept by hand? What we believe in.
The linked article explains the “why’s” behind the system but not so much the “how’s”. This one does a fairly good job of that.
I was recently sent a package with a selection of Usem Note Cards. They are made of thick, high-quality, paper and 4-5 of them stacked are about the thickness of a credit card. Very easy to slip into a wallet so I always have something to jot down a quick note without having to carry a notebook. Really great if you have to jot down something to hand off to someone.
“Author and artist José Naranja ensures he won’t forget any detail of his year-round travels across the globe through a meticulous and unique documentation process. Formerly an aeronautic engineer, Naranja now archives his thoughts while visiting foreign countries by hand-crafting journals replete with items like collected stamps, an illustration of the periodic table, and a study of fountain pens. Each mixed-media page centers on a theme, such as the culture surrounding eating a bowl of ramen or the flamingos found in a zoo.”
Wow! These are just beautiful. Click through the link for more photos.
One thousand pencils handmade from scrap pallet wood.
What we believe in.
(via Boing Boing)
For 700 years, the Richard de Bas paper mill has produced some of the world’s finest paper. The French constitution is printed on paper from this mill. And artists like Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall were customers. Emmanuel runs the business today. His great grandfather bought the mill in Ambert, France, during World War II, and it has stayed in the family ever since. It’s one of the last in France where paper is made by hand.
This is what thought looks like. Ideas, and ideas about ideas. Suppositions and suspicions about relationships among abstract notions — shape, number, geometry, space — emerging through a fog of chalk dust, preferably of the silky Hagoromo chalk, originally from Japan, now made in South Korea. In these diagrams, mysteries are being born and solved.
But here’s a secret that up until now very few people have known: most Levenger brand rollerball pens will accept Pilot G2 refills. Why is this good to know? Because Pilot G2 pens are some of the most appreciated and most widely available pens on the planet.
I can attest to this. I’ve had a Levenger True Writer rollerball for at least 10 years and have used a Pilot G2 refill in it since the beginning.