"People can’t stop talking about it—it has inspired them to be more creative, forced them to examine their lives more deeply, and pushed them to see what’s really important to them. What is it? A legendary little black book, but not the kind you’re thinking of. It’s the Moleskine (pronounced “mole-a-skeen-a”) notebook, whose legend may be more fiction than fact, spun brilliantly by the Italian company that now manufactures it, Modo & Modo.
One measure of the strength of a brand is by the amount of fervor that it inspires among its devotees. “I love my Moleskines, and you can have them when you pry them from my cold dead hands,” says one anonymous contributor to the blog, moleskinerie.com, which is “dedicated to the proposition that not all notebooks are created equal.”
Saatchi & Saatchi
The Morning News
LOOSE wire blog
Discussions on Moleskine
Courier – Journal
The New York Times
Pen on Fire by Barbara Demarco-Barrett
Email interview 7.28.05
& write on"
"Putting Pen to Paper Anew"
By Dan Morse
The Washington Post
are using as the ultimate example of "brand loyalty." Moleskinerie focuses on
all things Moleskine, a type of notebook that has been used for centuries by
writers and artists. The customer roster is long and includes such notables as
Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Bruce Chatwin. (Perhaps
you’ve heard of them.) But Armand’s community of Moleskine lovers expands out to
include anyone who loves writing, drawing, traveling, and capturing life in the
now—no matter what their vantage point. Find out about new Moleskine products,
see sketches from inside readers’ notebooks, written inspiration, journal
decorations, and pointers to other tools of the trade. There are photos with
each post, which is a definite plus. Serious devotees can even partake in group
activities like the Wandering Moleskine Project."
"This is what every blank book dreams of—brand loyalty and passionate
writers. But for the Moleskine journal, it’s no dream. The small black
notebook with the elastic band was famously employed by well-known
writers and artists—from Chatwin to Picasso to Hemingway to Van Gogh—
but the entire line enjoys a dedicated following today. In this online
love fest, some fans tell how to augment the books; some exhibit
artistry on exotic themes or everyday inspirations. Others review what
pens they use, or record movie sightings. And some take on the
Wandering Moleskine Project, where each person can use only one page
before sending the notebook on to the next participant. Be careful,
newbies to the Moleskine. You may just end up with one of your own."
June 17, 2006
"PDA buffs go back to basics"
Fed-up users are rediscovering paper
The Boston Globe
June 25, 2006
Moleskinerie mentioned in IdeaSPOTTING
"Ideas have short shelf lives. We find them one second, forget them the
next. That’s why it’s smart to capture ideas and insights at the scene of the
crime. Book them before they flee. Take notes.
notebooks overflowed with sketches and notes on nature, art, architecture.
Thomas Edison loaded thousands of notebooks with insights and diagrams. And
today’s creative people are equally diligent about recording thoughts and
is a notebook. I just plow through notebooks." Gail Anderson, Rolling Stone
alumna and current SpotCo art director, calls herself a note-taker and language
observer. "I love making notes about type I’ve seen on store signs or on sides
of buildings," she says. Note-taking gives the creative process time to breathe,
says Erin Whelan, Real Simple art director. "I love recording really out-there
ideas," she says. "It’s so great to start at crazy places and then reach
middle-ground, smart solutions." Eva Maddox, principal of Perkins + Will, has a
journal in hand when she travels, but not for writing. "I draw," she says. "I
draw at least one picture in my journal each day."
Capture ideas while they last. Ideas often show up as snippets of
conversation, views through windows, books on tables. They linger for a moment,
then they’re gone. Take verbal and visual notes.
Author of "IdeaSPOTTING"
"Exercise for the brain is just as important as exercise for the
body. In IdeaSPOTTING, Sam Harrison stretches your mental muscles in a
way you’ll never forget"
– Al Ries, author of "The Origin of Brands"
July 19, 2006
Our blog is mentioned in the forthcoming book, "Citizen Marketers: When People Are the Message" by Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba.
The material was gathered from a series of phone interviews I had
with Mr. McConnell earlier this year. Our 3 page or so spread covers
the raison d’etre of this blog, our relationship with the
product and Modo & Modo, some anecdotes on our daily site
housekeeping, insights into what makes us tick and the requisite hopes
for the future.
For students of business, those contemplating an adventure into
product/corporate blogging or just the plain curious, this book is a
fascinating, thoroughly-researched reference on a phenomenon that is
changing the face of marketing forever.
"Citizen Marketers: When People Are the Message"
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Kaplan Business (December 1, 2006)
"I think record taking and journalism encourages people to document
their lives," he says. "Now people are making scrapbooks, collecting
various stuff and gluing it into their Moleskines, tickets and stuff.
My basic motivation is to encourage people to document their lives.
It’s good for the soul to look back."
There is an irony here, too, in that people are using technology to
encourage people to forego technology. A common theme in the posts on
Moleskine fan sites is the distrust of the digital.
"If a PDA is a ‘personal digital assistant,’ " writes Joe Kissell on
InterestingThingoftheDay.com. "This one certainly lives up to its name:
It assists your fingers quite ably. It never crashes or runs out of
power, it has a high-contrast display and its handwriting recognition
is flawless, and it was even featured in a recent issue of Wired
magazine as just the kind of gadget a forward-thinking geek might want
For article, make sure reader knows about: pouch at back for storing
business cards, loose paper; durable cover; elastic to bind contents;
For all the talk of the Moleskine’s low-tech charm, it should be
noted its design is rather crafty. Every excuse a writer might have not
to carry a notebook — the pages aren’t flat; stuff will fall out; it’s
too conspicuous — has been taken care of in an elegant fashion,
freeing you to scribble away. The greatest fear — that your private
thoughts might fall into the hands of a stranger — is even addressed
on the first page of each notebook. Right beneath space for your name,
address and telephone number is an "As a reward" line. The amount to
fill in is a topic of much debate on Frasco’s comments page.
"I crossed out the dollar sign and put in ‘One pint of Guinness’ as
a reward," writes Arne. "I’d like to think that if I ever lost it and
it was returned by a nice individual that it could lead to a nice chat
over a drink from the country of many famous writers."
"The Cult of Moleskine"
By Craig Courtice
The National Post 11.16.06