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Brooklyn Notebooks Out Again

May 24, 2012

Super psyched. Finally got the Brooklyn Notebooks back from Lulu which took a MILLION years.

Here’s the link if you’d like to buy and make me a rich lady.

Sorry for the grim lighting here — I can only fight the weather and my circumstances so much.

Anyways, apart from the glossy cover, they are really fantastic. They really just feel like notebooks — what I had most originally wanted. The size, in all dimensions, and the grid lines are dead on. Don’t know if I just lucked out on the paper, but the paper is FANTASTIC — a thousand times better than the paper I’d gotten on my Lulu order before (for a perfect bound book.) It remains to be seen if it is a fluke, or if it is a default setting; unclear.

So: if I have energy I might play around with rounding the corners which is a touch I’d always loved in the first one and is some sort of mechanical work I don’t mind.

But: the remaining problem is the glossiness of the cover. It really doesn’t do. I’m trying to figure out how I can keep on using Lulu to mass produce these. One option is to print the covers elsewhere and then detach the old covers and reattach the covers. There’s some work on this to do which is annoying, but ok, but the central problem is one of alignment — the spiral binding Lulu uses, for example, is slightly off from the spiral binding of past notebooks and so trying to match Lulu’s binding just seems moronically foolish.

Not sure what my options are — could try the hard-bound spiral bound option, if that exists, and see about that quality; could see if these are ok for some people; could paste (really? — I am shuddering at the thought?) something atop the cover, which is bound to be fragile and messy.

So I’m trying to figure this out. But at least I’m that much closer to being closer to mass production. Which is all I ever want. And children — if you take my advice, you’ll always design for mass production possibilities. Otherwise  there’s a lot of tiresome, back-engineering necessary.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2012 9:18 am

    I just pinned these – they’re awesome! I love being able to take notes on a specific neighborhood. So much closer to how people actually think than a normal notebook. Well done. http://pinterest.com/pin/99994054197059800/

    • Betsy permalink*
      June 25, 2012 10:44 am

      So glad you like — appreciate it!

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