Moleskine – Essential tool for creative scribes
There are a number of different ‘tools’ we like to carry with us during our day – from meeting to meeting and from gig to gig. A smart phone with GPS on-board, a collection of black ink grip Sharpie pens, a charged iPod, a head full of event ideas, and a Moleskine to keep track of them. Moleskine? No skinning of moles involved I can assure you.
The Moleskine (pronounced as mol-a-skeen’-a) is a notebook made with an oilcloth-covered cardboard front and back cover. The best one’s also have an elastic band to hold them closed, a sewn spine so they can lie flat when opened, an expandable pocket (for receipts n’stuff) inside the rear cover, a ribbon bookmark and rounded corners. That’s a Moleskine.
Some creatives that I respect can take or leave a Moleskine. Some prefer color as a creative tool. Paul Kenny, a dear friend of mine who is an Australian Events elder and currently serving as an executive director at George P Johnson is adamant that yellow legal pads are the go.
Well it has been said that the color yellow is more intellectually stimulating.
And I guess from a practical perspective – the yellow paper when compared with white seems to produce a less ‘painful’ glare and is therefore ‘easier’ to write on. Perhaps. I don’t really know about that. I do concede that black ink on white paper in terms of contrast is certainly more harsher than perhaps black on yellow.
I’d read somewhere that creatives (including of academics and of course those from the legal fraternity who share/tell/create stories for a living) like yellow pads because over time white paper ages and becomes more yellowish in appearance. The thinking being that if it is already yellow then what is written on it has also aged or is ageless – depending on your perspective.
Personally I don’t like yellow legals pads for two very practical reasons. The traditional yellow legal pads are bound with red glue and as a result I am forever losing pages and the second reason, these days they are not as easily purchased as other stationary products. Tools should be easily accessible and always at hand. If not then they are not tools but toys. That’s my take on it… but I am adaptable.
The modern Moleskine products are assembled and stitched in Italy despite being printed in China. I don’t get that but there must be a reason not to print and bind it at one place… perhaps having an Italian association makes it easier to charge more… like other luxury products made in China and marketed in Italy and France.
Moleskines are stitched. This means I ain’t going to lose a page. Sure I’ve losta whole book, but not a single page.
And I can purchase them at any good stationary and at most airport terminal news and books outlets. If you really want to quench your curiosity about these books – check out their website and the full range at Moleskine and drool.
But is a Moleskin essential to the creative process? Or for that matter a yellow legal pad? Perhaps we are simply guilty of indulging in the romanticizing of the creative process itself.