My Relationship with Analogue and my Current “System”

The tactile art of putting pen to paper is something I’ve been a fan of for a very, very long time. As a kid I loved color pencils, and then copic markers, and then fountain pens, and then gel pens, and then soft lead pencils, and really the list goes on. It’s not surprising that I majored in Architecture when I went to University. I used to do a lot of quick sketching and watercolors in my classes. Creative writing classes took up the rest of my course-load which meant lots and lots of writing. I loved it, but having so many professors vehemently opposed to genre fiction was frustrating as hell. I digress…

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I love paper. I love writing. I love sketching. As far as my hobbies go, it’s one I’ve had the longest and possibly trickiest relationship with.

Now in my mid-twenties, I’m no longer in school. I’m working at a desktop computer every day for approximately 8 hours a day. The creative freedom that comes with Architecture school is not the same as the daily grind. To be honest, I love it. Working as an Architect is far, far more satisfying than school, but it’s caused my relationship with paper to be less and less about what I’m studying and doing day to day and more about, well, me.

These days I try to record bits of my day down on paper, discuss the pens and inks I’m using, write down to-do lists, and just get my feelings down on paper. It’s remarkable how freeing a piece of paper can be when you’ve had a frustrating or confusing day. When your emotions are knocking about in your head and heart, and you don’t know what to do with them.

What follows is what I’m using to sort it all out, my analogue system if you will. It’s changed this year, and I still have some things I’d like to test out, but for now. This is it. I’ll talk about how I use them more in a future post!

[1] Midori MD Cotton B6 Slim Notebook

[2] Travelers Company Standard Traveler’s Notebook in Blue

  • Traveler’s Company Monthly Insert
  • Traveler’s Company Vertical Weekly Insert

[3] Chic Sparrow Standard Pemberly Traveler’s Notebook in Classic Marigold

  • Traveler’s Company Blank Insert
  • Taroko Standard Insert with Dashed Grid and 52 gsm Tomoe River Paper
  • Stalogy A5 1/2 Year Notebook (cut down to fit standard TN size

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