Halfway Through 2015

half-wayWe are officially halfway through 2015.

Six months have passed, and we enter a special time of year. The bookmark is around the Summer Solstice, and a new season begins. The days are longest, and midsummer bonfires light up the northern nights.

All around the world, planners are half full.
It is the perfect time to look to the six months ahead, and reflect on the ones already behind us.

To celebrate this time of year, a new Creativity Challenge has started on the Moleskine website, asking you to show your diary or notebook at the halfway mark of 2015.

Just like every Creativity Challenge, if your submission is the best among the three most voted ones, you’ll receive a box filled with Moleskine treats, delivered right to your doorstep. More than one entry can be submitted, as long as you use the tag #M_halfwaythrough.

Have fun, and good luck!

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Moleskine at Adobe Creative Jam in San Francisco

What happens when you gather some of the most talented designers from a city and have them square off in a creative tournament?

That’s what we set out to find out, when Moleskine participated in the latest Adobe Creative Jam in San Francisco on April 21, 2015.

Co-sponsered by SODA (Society of Digital Agencies), the event saw 8 teams of designers compete against each other to develop and present a campaign idea, in three hours and with no rules, based on a topic released at the start of the event. The topic was a quote by the late Robin Williams:

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For the occasion, Moleskine supplied all 8 teams with a Smart Notebook, Creative Cloud connected to use in the competition. This enabled the teams to create quickly on the paper, and then take the work into their favourite Creative Cloud tool in the blink of an eye.

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Many of the contestants had never tried the Smart Notebook before the event, but it sure looked like they loved it right away – some of them even taking their sketch directly into their concept presentation.

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As part of the competition, designers also had to present their concept to the audience.adobe-creative-jam

It is no secret that a fair deal of our best ideas start on the paper, and having a paper tool that takes handwritten ideas straight to your Creative Cloud software of choice may prove much more than just a great time saver.

Have you ever laid hands on a Moleskine Smart Notebook, Creative Cloud connected? We’d love to hear how you fit it into your creative process, so feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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Author of the Month May – Tom Joyce

Thanks to everyone who helped us choose our new Author of the Month.

Our featured artist this month is British illustrator Tom Joyce, one of the most prolific artists on myMoleskine this year. After contributing with a handful of very popular artworks, Tom finally took home the prize with a wide margin.

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A freelance illustrator based in the United Kingdom, Tom Joyce has a lifelong passion for drawing.
“I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. When I draw, the world is at my fingertips and nothing is impossible, there are no restrictions to what I can create.”

Tom has a penchant for detailed, imaginative characters, and fills Moleskine pages with literally hundreds of them.

“Many of my Moleskine illustrations come from experimenting. I love to empty my mind onto a sketchbook page, and seeing how much detail I can fill one page with. Plus monsters are amazing to draw.”

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Unlike his complex artworks, Tom’s tool kit is very simple.

“I draw with Uni Ball Pin Black Technical Drawing Marker Pen 0.1mm, and a Moleskine Sketchbook.”

“I was given my first Moleskine Sketchbook as a gift for my birthday one year. It was small enough for me to take it everywhere and I was compelled to fill every page. From then on, I have had a Moleskine addiction and now have over 20 in my collection, from pocket size to A3.”

We closed our chat by asking Tom for an inspirational quote to share with Moleskinerie readers, and this is what we got:Quotation

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10 Beautiful Moleskine Portraits on myMoleskine

Ever since its inception, myMoleskine has been a go-to destination for Moleskine artists and lovers who were looking to showcase their talent, join Creativity Challenges or simply look for some inspiration.

Breeze - contributed by Arely Perusquia

Breeze – contributed by Arely Perusquia

At well over 40000 published artworks, myMoleskine truly has some hidden gems.
As we continue on our mission to bring you the the cream of the crop, here are a few of the best Moleskine portraits that we’ve come across over the years on myMoleskine.

Which one’s your favorite?

Is there an artwork that didn’t make the cut, feel free to let us know. And if you would like your work to be featured, simply head on to myMoleskine and submit your art, for the whole Moleskine world to see.

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5 Quirky Questions to: Alex Pachikov from Evernote

Great minds might think alike, but most of them don’t work the same way.

We set out on a journey to discover the secrets of the work of the people behind the most innovative companies and organizations in the world.

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be catching up with outside-the-box thinkers and professionals that balance their work life on a savvy mix of digital and analog tools.

Introducing our first guest, Alex Pachikov, VP of partnerships at Evernote.

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What can technology learn from paper?
Durability, portability, battery life and sharing.

Who do you owe the most to among the following: Johannes Gutenberg, Alexander Graham Bell, Lumière Brothers?
Alexander Graham Bell for inventing the phone, that eventually became a portable, always-connected computer that makes it possible for me not to use a phone.

Honest answer: how long could you last in an offline, tech-free environment?
Probably a few days, or until I lose track of time.

What do you feel when you look at a blank page (paper, screen, etc)?
I feel that it might be taking too long to load.

What’s your best productivity tip you’d like to show the world?
If you could only do 1 thing today, what would that be? Only do that that one thing.

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An Author A Month – May Finalists

Thanks to everybody who shared their art on myMoleskine last month. We received over 200 submissions in May, with plenty of new artists joining in from every corner of the world.

Just like every month, we narrowed down the most prolific contributors to bring you our three finalists, and you get to pick our new Author of the Month.

Meet this month’s finalists:

Daily Doodle day 5 - contributed by Josh

Daily Doodle day 5 – contributed by Josh

Monsters Mayhem - contributed by Tom Joyce

Monsters Mayhem – contributed by Tom Joyce

Head in the Starry Night - contributed by NihilXIII

Head in the Starry Night – contributed by NihilXIII

Which one is your favorite?

Pick your winner by heading on to our voting page, and hit the “Like” button to place your vote.

If you want to be considered for next month’s edition, or simply have some pages off your notebook you would like the whole Moleskine world to see, just go on to myMoleskine and submit your images!

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Rian Johnson’s Moleskine notebook with the Star Wars Episode VII Script

A few days ago, Star Wars director Rian Johnson posted a tweet about the script writing process of Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens. A fan asked Rian if the movie had been written in a Moleskine notebook, and we thought we’d share the answer with you.

 

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Author of the Month April – Fede Tessa

Thank you to everybody who helped us choose our new Author of the Month. This one has been a tight race, but with all your votes in, we’re excited to finally announce our winner: Federico Tessa, all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We reached out with Federico to learn more about him, and it didn’t take long to find out the secret behind his beautiful architectural sketches.

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“I make a living as an architect in Buenos Aires, and plein air sketching is my passion.
My city has beautiful classical architecture, so I’ll take every opportunity to be outside, sketchbook in hand.”
Given his passion and professional background, Federico’s beautiful work on myMoleskine should come as no surprise.

An avid Moleskine user, Federico has a very deep toolbox: “For daily use, I draw on a Large-sized Moleskine Sketchbook, with extra fine nibs. For line work, I use Noodler’s waterproof black and brown ink and Lexington Gray for shadows and windows. If I’m out drawing on location, I’ll go with my A4 Watercolour Album by Moleskine, and finish my sketches with Winsor & Newton’s watercolours.

I can still remember the first time I opened a Moleskine Sketchbook, I was so nervous because I wanted my first sketch to be perfect”.

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“I sketched the winning artwork, ‘Bencich Building’, from a 10th floor terrace on a nearby building. The view was breathtaking, and from there I could sketch four different domes, the last one being over 1000 meters away. That place was a dream”

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We closed our interview with Fede a bit of advice for aspiring artists: Challenge yourself as much as you can. Draw uncomfortable subjects, locations, or situations. Leave your comfort zone, and it will push you forward”.

Just like every Author of the Month, we honored Fede’s work with custom Bookmark and Sleeve MSK templates made out of his winning artwork. They are free to download on the Templates page on myMoleskine.

Do you want to be our next Author of the Month, or simply have some Moleskine pages you’d love the whole Moleskine world to see? Just head on to myMoleskine, and submit your art.

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The Best Sports Notes You’ll See Today

When it comes to note-taking, there’s detailed and there’s Nick Barnes detailed.
We recently stumbled upon the amazing work of BBC Radio Newcastle’s Nick Barnes, author of some of the most unique match notes we’ve seen in a while.

Before each match, Barnes spends hours laying out meticulously-detailed match notes that resemble handwritten infographics. 

Listing player numbers, positions, goal scorers, and even going as far as including tiny flags depicting the origins of each player and handdrawn depictions of uniforms, Barnes’ are some of the best handwritten notes you’ll see today.

(via Fast Company)

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An Author a Month – April Finalists

Thanks to everybody who shared their art on myMoleskine last month.
We received heaps of great artworks from all over the world, and it really hasn’t been an easy task choosing the finalists for this edition of An Author a Month. If your artwork didn’t make the cut, keep submitting on myMoleskine to be considered for next month’s edition.

Without further ado, here we are with this month’s finalits.

Untitled - contributed by Lidia Barragan

Untitled – contributed by Lidia Barragan

Benchich Building - contributed by Fede Tessa

Benchich Building – contributed by Fede Tessa

Red House Winted - contributed by Adrian Lopez

Red House Winted – contributed by Adrian Lopez

Which one is your favorite?
Head on to our voting place, and hit the “Like” button to place your vote.

If you want to be considered for next month’s edition, or simply have some pages off your notebook you would like the whole Moleskine world to see, just go on to myMoleskine and submit your images!

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