Moleskine X TED2015: Join the #IdeasNoted Conversation

Anticipated as the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet, the next TEDGlobal conference (planned for 16-20 March in Vancouver) really is one you should look forward to.

For the first time, Moleskine will participate in a TED conference as a media partner, and is asking you to join the event with your own voice. Here is how.

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Starting today throughout the conference, Moleskine will be collecting responses to questions about the way ideas are generated (and noted down), to capture contemporary creativity as it happens.

TED speakers and attendees will give their take, and we’re inviting you to do the same.

Follow @Moleskine on Twitter and be ready for the questions that will be posted with #IdeasNoted, and write your own response.

Here are a few of the questions:

  • How can commuting be turned into a creative opportunity?
  • How do you deal with ideas coming to you at an inconvenient time?
  • How can note-taking be more fun?
  • Are email and texting a new form of literature?
  • In the future, will we think faster or slower?

We’ll be looking at every contribution, and the best one for each question will receive a special box full of Moleskine items. We’re looking forward to hearing your voice, so have fun, and good luck!

Keep track of the #IdeasNoted conversation.

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International Mother Language Day 2015

International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.

Through its subtle nuances and distinctive sayings, each native language has the power to shape the thought process and ideas, and it is a major part of our own very identity.

We are celebrating this year’s International Mother Language Day by honoring each language’s unique sayings.

Here are a few of our favorites.

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“Make hay when the sun shines”
English: to take an opportunity when the time is right.

“Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid”
French: “little by little, the bird makes his nest”

“Wer rastet, der rostet”
German: “He who rests, grows rusty”

“A roupa suja lava-se em casa”
Portuguese: “don’t wash your dirty linen in public” it is an ill bird that fouls its own nest.

A la ocasión la pintan calva.
Spanish: “Opportunity knocks only once”

What is your favorite word or saying in your native language?  

Add to the the conversation by posting on Twitter or Instagram your favorite and most unique proverbs, words, or sayings from your mother tongue. Be sure to use the tag #IMLday so we can keep track of your posts!

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The 10 Most Popular Artworks on myMoleskine

For well over five years, Moleskine artists and lovers from all around the world have flocked to the myMoleskine artwork gallery to showcase their talent, participate in the Creativity Challenges or simply look for some artwork inspiration.

At well over 40000 published artworks, myMoleskine truly has some hidden gems.
That’s why we decided we’d go scouting for the cream of the crop, and we thought we’d start with the most popular submissions on the site. Enjoy our list of 10 of the most voted myMoleskine uploads, and feel free to let us know if you have a favorite!

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An Author a Month – January Finalists

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to share their Moleskine art with us last month! We narrowed down the most prolific contributors on myMoleskine to bring you the 3 finalists for this year’s first edition of An Author A Month.

If you want to be considered for next month’s edition, simply visit myMoleskine and upload an image of your Moleskine artworks.

"Model" - contributed by Alen Maslow

“Model” – contributed by Alen Maslow

 

Le Toit du Printemps - contributed by Nicolas Weis

Le Toit du Printemps – contributed by Nicolas Weis

The Healer - contributed by NihilXIII

The Healer – contributed by NihilXIII

To vote for your favorite submission, go to our voting page and hit the “like” button.

Were these your favorite uploads for last month? If you had other favorites, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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Amazing Handwritten Social Media Posts from Handwriting Day

Last week, we celebrated National Handwriting Day by writing our social media posts by hand, and asking you to do the same.

The web was happily flooded by hundreds of tweets and posts that reaffirmed our belief that the art of Handwriting is alive and well.

Amber Soriano

Amber Soriano

Here are a few of our favorite handwritten posts and tweets.

Have a look at every entry for our Creativity Challenge, and feel free to add to the conversation using #MHday. After all, handwriting’s worth celebrating all year long!

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6 Ways Handwriting Can Benefit Your Brain

 

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We are great fans of handwriting. Not only it is one of the most pleasurable activities we can think of – and that’s why we celebrated World Handwriting Day with a global call-to-create through pen and paper for the 3rd year in a row – but science has proven that writing by hand can benefit our brain in a lot of ways.

1. It boosts memory

Taking notes by hand helps you remember them better, and longer. Psychologists and scholars have demonstrated how handwriting stimulates memory in a unique way, leaving a deeper mark and helping retain ideas in the long haul.

2. It improves cognitive skills

Young children can benefit greatly from handwriting. Forming letters at a young age will aid fine motor-skill development as well as creativity. Studies have shown how children wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard.

3. It activates a bigger portion of the brain

The linked regions of the brain for reading are activated while writing by hand, and the movements involved in the act of handwriting activate the motor areas of the brain, which would not be involved while typing.

4. It can make you more creative

Writing ideas by hand takes more time than typing, allowing more time to develop ideas and bolster creative output.

5. It slows down the aging of the mind
Handwriting has been proven to be a great way to train the aging mind and preserve it from the wear and tear of the years.

6. It has a calming effect
Dr. Marc Seifer, a graphologist and handwriting expert explained how writing a calming sentence is a form of graphotherapy. “Jotting down a sentence like, “I will be more peaceful” at least 20 times per day can actually have an impact, especially on those with attention deficit disorder.”

We’re sure there are plenty more ways handwriting can benefit the mind. Have anything to add to the list? Feel free to give us your take in the comments section.

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Putting Pen to Paper for Handwriting Day

Happy Handwriting Day, everyone!

Today, the world celebrates the pleasure and art of the handwritten word, one of the simplest and most personal ways of expression. Few things rival the pleasure of handwriting, especially in an age dominated by the QWERTY keyboards of iPhones, iPads and laptops, where the tactile simplicity of pen and paper suddenly commands a timeless attraction.

#MHday - Maxine Bédat

#MHday – Maxine Bédat

#MHday - Maria Sebregondi

#MHday – Maria Sebregondi

2015 marks our third year celebrating Handwriting Day, and once again we’re asking you to grab your pens and styluses, ditch those computer keyboards and smartphone touch screens for a second, and join us in writing your social media updates by hand. Join the conversation by sharing your handwritten tweets and posts with the tags #HandwritingDay and #mHDay.

 

Many friends of Moleskine have already submitted handwritten posts of their own, like Zady founder Maxine Bédat, AirBnb founder Joe Gebbia, and Nobel prize-winning writer Malala Yousafzai, as well as Moleskine co-founder Maria Sebregondi.

For a chance to win a supply of Moleskine writing and drawing tools, enter our Creativity Challenge and submit your handwritten posts to myMoleskine before January 28th.

Obviously, there’s no need for extraordinary pensmanship skills – just have some fun, and good luck!

To get inspired, here are some of our favorite entries and stories about Handwriting Day 2015.

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An Author A Month – Mariasun Salgado

Thanks to everybody who took the time to vote for our Author of the Month this week. We’re happy to finally announce our winner, Mariasun Salgado all the way from Madrid, Spain!

An award-winning architect with a passion for graphic arts and design, Mariasun is a multi-faceted talent. We caught up with her to learn more about her life and art.

“I earned a Master and a PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and since 2001 I have worked as a university lecturer especially in the field of Drawing.”

In fact, architecture seems to permeate Mariasun’s art throughout.

“My art is strongly influenced by the conflicts generated between architecture and its environments, especially those stemming from urban massification and the concept of hyper-density.”

Boasting a very distinctive style, Mariasun’s art communicates through “a hybrid graphical language and escapes both realism and abstraction” and a similarly complex approach shows through her winning artwork, “New Materiality”.

New Materiality

“New Materiality” is about the process of creating my own work of art, how something apparently simple gets more and more complicated”

A Moleskine sketchbook is the canvas upon which her creations come to life.

“I usually start drawing sketches in my Moleskine that become complete works or part of them. I think I started using Moleskine books at the beginning of my university studies, and used them ever since as travel journals and to sketch architectures,”

As a teacher, Mariasun knows very well the path to improvement is paved with mistakes. “One of my favorite’s quotes came from Miguel de Unamuno: The way to hammer a nail implies hitting the horseshoe a hundred times”.

I think making mistakes is one of the most important experiences for an artist. It is the only way to keep improving.”

Just like every Author of the Month, we are honoring Mariasun’s work with a custom Bookmark and Sleeve template made out of her piece “New Materiality”. You can find them in the “Author A Month” template section in myMoleskine, free and ready to assemble with just a little handmaking!

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Moleskine Author a Month – December Finalists

Happy 2015 everybody, and thank you so much for being with us and sharing heaps of amazing artworks on myMoleskine! We’re excited to start off 2015 with the work of three really talented artists, who made the cut as our finalists for December Author of the Month.

If you’d like to participate in next month’s edition, simply head on to myMoleskine and upload your Moleskine artwork.

And now, on to the finalists!

Contributed by Jim Earl

Fishing in the Severn Run – Jim Earl

“Fishing in the Severn Run” – contributed by Jim Earl

New Materiality

New Materiality – Mariasun Salgado

“New Materiality” - contributed by Mariasun Salgado

la Venise Provençale - Michel Hercouet

La Venise Provençale – Michel Hercouet

“La Venise Provençale” - contributed by Michel Hercouet

Which submission gets your vote? Pick your favorite here. Be sure to hit the “like” button to vote!

Were these your favorite uploads for December? If you had other favorites, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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Moleskine Author A Month – October

Thanks to everybody who shared their art on myMoleskine last month. Once more it’s been no easy task picking the best contributors among dozens of amazing artists, but here we are with our 3 finalist for this month’s edition of An Author A Month!

Creeper - contributed by Dominic Damien

Creeper – contributed by Dominic Damien

Creeper, by Dominic Damien

Plaça de st Just - contributed by Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri

Plaça de st Just – contributed by Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri

Plaça de st. Just, by Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri

Demon & the Geisha - contributed by Bennet Klein

Demon & the Geisha – contributed by Bennet Klein

Demon & the Geisha, by Bennet Klein

Who should be Author of the Month? Vote here. 

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