The classic Moleskine diary gets a makeover

Moleskinediaryredsmall"Paper snobs, we’ve long appreciated its plain, sturdy cover that can handle
being roughed around, its thick pages that take the ink of even a difficult pen
and, yes, the horizontal entry spaces for each day. Along with its perfectly
palmable shape, about the size of a PDA — which, incidentally, I resolved to
use last year, but after two weeks of missed appointments, relegated to a box of
dated electronics — the elastic around the pages, and the handy back pocket, it
was by all accounts the perfect planner.

The full impact on us of the words "new layout" on the packaging was not
fully realized until my sister flipped one open.

The horizontal entries that we were so used to writing in had been replaced
with a skinny columnar format. "What? Why? How? Who writes that tiny?"

Our shocked reaction was no surprise to the waiting store clerks. In fact, it
seems that in matters of stationery, this is an old fight. As Peter Laywine,
owner of Laywine’s, put it, "It’s either switch or bitch."

Naomi Kim
globeandmail.com

[Thanks Joy!]

7 thoughts on “The classic Moleskine diary gets a makeover

  1. I’m holding back judgement for now. It’s different, but I’m not sure if it’s better or worse.

    As something to hold a ToDo list, I am going to have to have shorter entries.
    Writing with a propelling pencil helps.

  2. The old style (horizontal = normal) was much better. This ridiculous new style would suit the bookings desk at a Dentist’s, but it’s sure not suited to anyone normal.

    I may write sideways aross the lines if I need to make a long entry, but that’s pretty uncomfortable …

    For a nice sort of mildly rebellious anarchy, ignore the hours (and even the days) and just make the notes you need for the week, if that suits you. Incidentally, being a bit thinner than the notebook, I may just use it as a notebook, with forward diary entries as needed. After all, my cellphone is my addressbook, and I may as well use it as a calendar with reminders if I have to be somewhere sometime …

  3. Yep, I too am finding it a little awkward writing in these narrow columns. Most of what I write isn’t time-specific, only date-specific, so I’m only really using the top half of the book, with all my entries seemingly starting at 8am.

    Jury’s still out on this one…

  4. Asked my son for a small diary for christmas and what does he get me? A smashing little black number called a mole-something. Well it’s now mid January and I’m hooked. The columnar layout of the diary does seem a little awkward but it just makes me be more concise which is no bad thing. All I need to do now is find a way or carrying a couple of bits of plastic (credit/debit cards) inside it and I can ditch the wallet. I’m coning over all minimalist. It’s small, feels good and is so less obvious than a filofax. I love it; why didn’t I discover these years ago.

  5. My Palm just died, so… anyone know a UK stockist who has Pocket Week to View diaries in stock? Seem to be drawing a blank everywhere. I’d go outside the UK if I had to but it makes it pricey.

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