Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Throughout my journey to fine the perfect journal, I've found that there seem to be two distinctive types of manufactures. One leans towards creating fashionable product and not necessarily emphasizing on paper quality, and the other is all about the paper. (Clairefontaine seems to be the exception. They do make some cool fashionable product combined with some of the best quality writing paper around.)
I prefer function over fashion in a journal. I am a writer, and I want every moment that I am putting pen to paper to be the ultimate in pleasurable writing experiences. Sometimes thoughts are hard to come by, or difficult to express. Do you want to be using a scratchy pen that skips, paper that's rough- in a book that doesn't open flat on your desk? I know I don't. I know a lot of people with bad handwriting, or those who say they don't like to write and I wonder if someone would just hand them a smooth writing pen and quality paper how much it would improve the situation.
If you've looked through any of my reviews, you will notice that most of the books are quite plain in color and design. I like that. Black or red covers are fine for me - beyond that, I couldn't care less. The only aesthetics I care about are functional. Rounded pages for comfort when moving the hand to the bottom of the page as I write. A nice hard cover so I can write with the book propped on my knee anywhere, at anytime. Paper that readily accepts fountain pen inks without bleeding or feathering... That's what I look for in a journal.
How about you?