We’ve heard of mission creep. Web consultant Rashmi Sinha thinks the new MoleskineCity notebooks may be a tad overdone.
When I heard of Moleskin City Notebooks, I thought it was a brilliant idea. Your regular moleskine with maps! After leaving behind my moleskine on a plane, I bought the Moleskine San Francisco notebook (as we were going to the move to the city soon). The first disappointment was that the city notebook was not available in graph paper, and I had to buy the plain paper. But everything since has been a disappointment as well.
My previous Moleskin notebook was standard pocket size. Almost all of its 192 pages are for writing. There is an accordion pocket and a plastic band to hold it together. Simple, unipurpose – for writing down thoughts and notes.
With the city notebooks, seems like the designers got much more ambitious:
Its 228 pages (a fair bit thicker and much harder to fit into my purse! I often have to choose between the moleskine and the sunglasses) There are 36 pages of maps! Why should you need 36 pages? Ah! It includes an alphabetical list of streets. This is just badly thought design – the Moleskin maps are not a replacement for a detailed street map. It should simply be a quick guide – 8-10 pages would suffice.
More at her blog.