my Analog Cloud, the Moleskine online game (yes, you read that right)

Our notebook definitely says something about ourselves.
Through whatever we sketch, jot, or doodle on paper we end up expressing a lot about what we are. However, our personal identity does not only radiate from the ideas scribbled on the pages. For instance, it can be seen through the things we carry with us on a daily basis.

This is how Moleskine’s latest idea came along.

Enter my Analog Cloud, Moleskine’s new online game.

my Analog Cloud game

The game takes the every-morning ritual of packing our bags and turns it into a way to express our identity, generating a personal profile based on the items we choose to take with us – and the Moleskine myCloud Bag we pick to carry them with.

It’s a playful way to tell everyone who we are, and the results are pretty dead on at times:

Playing is pretty easy:

  1. head to myanalogcloud.com and choose your essential items
  2. pick two Moleskine items of your choice
  3. select your favorite Moleskine myCloud bag to carry your items
  4. generate your results.

The resulting profile can be shared to myMoleskine, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

Did you give it a go? Let us know if you tried it.

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Moleskine Author A Month January – Sadamu Asami

We are excited to introduce the newest fan selection for our Moleskine Author-a-Month, Japanese artist Sadamu Asami. A passionate contributor on myMoleskine, Sadamu is an instinctive talent with a penchant for the impromptu, showcasing masterful vision to reveal the beauty in the casual sights of his town. The secret to his style? His line drawing and a spontaneous approach, which reflects in his medium of choice.

How did you choose your notebook, and what kind of use do you make of it?

I draw my pictures in the same way as I would write in my journal. Everything surrounding me can serve as an inspiration for my work. The food I ate, the friends I met, my family, my dog… I get inspired on a daily basis.This is why I always carry my notebook with me. Any time is the right time to create, and I would never want to miss a moment of inspiration.

So notebooks match my life style perfectly.

Is there a setting where you do your best work, or feel the most creative in?
Not really. Everything around me is the creative canvas that gets me inspired for my work. So I do not have a particular place or time to optimize my creative energy.

Is there an inspirational quote you would like to share with everyone?
My mentor once told me: “Filling a drawn figure with colors is almost similar to makeup on bare skin”. Since then I always focused on the line drawing first and foremost. Then I open up and and share what I did with my friends, prior to the coloring process.

You can download the Sleeve and Bookmark you see above in the “Workshop” section in myMoleskine, and if you want to take a chance in next month’s edition, all you need is to submit your best work at myMoleskine. Good luck!

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Helping you stay productive, in innovative ways.

If Productivity was a sport in the 2014 Winter Olympics, you could say that we’ve just won the gold!

Moleskine has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Productivity by Fast Company. We have been bestowed this honor for our continued quest to seamlessly marry the analog and digital worlds through our platforms and with digital leaders like Evernote, FiftyThree, and Moleskine Photobooks. You can read the full story here.

While our notebooks have been at the core of our identity, these creative partnerships along with our apps and print on demand services have helped us connect with you, our fans, in new and innovative ways. With that said – we’d like for you to show us how you stay productive and manage your time in this week’s #CreativityChallenge!

What are some of the ways that you stay on top of your workload and keep your to-do list nice and trim? Show us how you stay organized with your notebook hacks, Getting Things Done systems or DIY codes and be in with the chance of winning a pack full of Moleskine tools.

Simply submit your photo to myMoleskine with the tag #M_productivity to enter. All done? Great, that’s another thing to tick off, we say you deserve that tea break.

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Author a Month is back! January Finalists

Thank you to everyone who shared with myMoleskine last month.
You can help decide who will be the selected one for January 2014 among the three most active on myMoleskine authors. View the artworks here:

Temazcal (Traditional Spa, Mexico) Contributed by Dane

Temazcal (Traditional Spa, Mexico) Contributed by Dane

Temazcal (Traditional Spa, Mexico) - Contributed by Dane

Neighboring town - Contributed by Sadamu Asami

Neighboring town - Contributed by Sadamu Asami

Neighboring town – Contributed by Sadamu Asami

Ciliwung River, Jakarta - Contributed by Yeekee Ku

Ciliwung River, Jakarta - Contributed by Yeekee Ku

Ciliwung River, Jakarta - Contributed by Yeekee Ku

Join in by voting for your favorite upload this month here.

Share in myMoleskine this month to be considered for next month’s finalists.

The winner of last Author a Month is Miren Laluna.

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Handwriting Day. For the Love of Pen and Paper

#mHDay - MalalaYousafzai

#mHDay - MalalaYousafzai

We love the act handwriting; the tools involved, the things it can create. The flick of the wrist and positioning of the hand to create a tactile projection of one’s ideas and passions. How one’s pen seduces the page of their notebook with every crossed T, dotted I, and leaning accent. We think that our fans would agree, when we say that it is one of the most personal and pleasurable actions of our daily lives.

#mHDay - Joe Gebbia

#mHDay - Joe Gebbia

On January 23rd we will celebrate Handwriting Day, a holiday solely dedicated to your very unique and individualistic script, for the second year. On that day, we ask you to free yourselves from the QWERTY keyboards and bridge the gap between your thoughts and social media updates using your pens and styluses. Share your handwritten musings on Twitter and Instagram using #mHDay and #HandwritingDay.

Friends of Moleskine, like Airbnb founder, Joe Gebbia, and Seth Combs, co-founder of Sol Republic have already submitted handwritten posts of their own: http://imgur.com/a/Y1nsi

To be in with a chance of winning a cornucopia of Moleskine tools, all you need to do is upload your handwritten status update to myMoleskine before February 4th as part of our Creativity Challenge. If it gets the most votes you could be sorted for all your writing and drawing needs for a little while!

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The Creativity Challenge


Towards the end of 2013 we began a weekly call to arms, sort of like a homework assignment but more fun, more creative and more social. We called it the #CreativityChallenge. We were blown over by the variety,  originality and resourcefulness of the many entries we received: so many of you from around the world contributed your hacks, photos, drawings and sketches responding to each theme and each week you voted for your favorite uploads.

We have good news: we’ve decided to continue the new year as we mean to go on, which means extending the #CreativityChallenge into 2014. Every two weeks we’ll set you a different theme to make your own for the chance to win a special package of Moleskine treats, including special editions, custom-made notebooks and objects from our writing, reading and travelling collections.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss each challenge, and check out all the past winners: http://bit.ly/creativity-challenge.

Good luck, and happy handmaking!

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An Author A Month – November Finalists

Thank you to everyone who shared with myMoleskine last month.

We have narrowed down the uploads to 3 finalists for you to vote for your favorite this month.

My Andalucia - GRANADA - Contributed by Vittorio D'Uva

My Andalucia - GRANADA - Contributed by Vittorio D'Uva

My Andalucia – GRANADA - Contributed by Vittorio D’Uva

Adahy - Contributed by Fabrice Plas

Adahy - Contributed by Fabrice Plas

Adahy - Contributed by Fabrice Plas

Fly me to the Moon - Contributed by Miren Laluna

Fly me to the Moon - Contributed by Miren Laluna

Fly me to the Moon - Contributed by Miren Laluna

Join in by voting for your favorite upload this month here.

Share in myMoleskine this month to be considered for next month’s finalists.

 

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Moleskine Features Maggie Cheung Man-yuk in a Special Edition Notebook

Moleskine Features Maggie Cheung Man-yuk in a Special Edition Notebook

Moleskine Features Maggie Cheung Man-yuk in a Special Edition Notebook

As the Golden Horse Film Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary, Moleskine has created a special edition notebook featuring the Festival Ambassador and one of the most iconic Asian actresses of our time, Maggie Cheung.

Having worked with some of the Asian film industry’s most prominent representatives in the past, this year Moleskine have forged a new notebook concept to celebrate this celebrated actress. This special edition design concept is born out of the collaboration between Hong Kong photographer Wing Shya and the Taiwanese graphic designer Aaron Nieh.

The paper band wrapped around the notebook features an elegant black and white portrait of the actress while the notebook cover features this year’s artwork.

Maggie Cheung said, “I feel very honoured to be the Golden Horse Film Ambassador and I give my full support to this special event. I hope that I can make the Golden Horse 50th Anniversary and Chinese-language cinema more internationally known.”

At Moleskine we’re also thrilled to be taking part in this special event, taking our passion for cinematic talent further and celebrating the talents of an extraordinary actress.

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2013 A Year with Proust

Illustration by Chris Bonnell

Illustration by Chris Bonnell, and is part of a collection of Proust Portraits currently on display at the Moleskine Store in SoHo, NYC.

New York Fans! Moleskine invite you to a series of events celebrating the centennial of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, hosted in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Swann’s Way, the first volume of In Search of Lost Time, will be read in its entirety at a number of different venues in New York City. Each location will echo a major theme of the night’s text: a hotel bedroom, for the famous opening pages; a forest, for Proust’s childhood in the countryside; a theater, to evoke the writer’s fascination with actors; a nightclub, to recall Swann’s late-night searches for Odette…

Moleskine has curated live drawing events for each reading featuring students and alumni from the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay department at the School of Visual Arts.

Friday, November 8th – 6:30PM to 10PM : Wythe Hotel // 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn – EVENT FULL
Saturday, November 9th – 10AM to 1PM : SoHo Rep. //  46 Walker Street, NYC
Sunday, November 10th – 11AM to 2PM : New York Botanical Garden // 2900 Southern Blvd, BX
Monday, November 11th – 6:30PM to 10PM : The Oracle Club // 10-41 47th Avenue, Queens
Tuesday, November 12th – 7PM to 10PM : Simone Subal Gallery // 131 Bowery, New York, NYC
Wednesday, November 13th – 10PM to 1AM : Le Baron Chinatown // 32 Mulberry Street, NYC***

** Event Requires RSVP: bookoffice@frenchculture.org

For Information go to: http://frenchculture.org/books/festivals/2013-year-proust

#NomadicReading

 

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An Author A Month – October Finalists

Thank you to everyone who shared with myMoleskine last month.

We have narrowed down the uploads to 3 finalists for you to vote for your favorite this month.

IN Form 02 – Contributed by Paulo Lobato Marques

IN Form 02 – Contributed by Paulo Lobato Marques

IN Form 02 – Contributed by Paulo Lobato Marques

168 of 365 – Contributed by Mitografia

168 of 365 – Contributed by Mitografia

 168 of 365 – Contributed by Mitografia

Magical Ferry Fairy – Contributed by Bernie Petterson

Magical Ferry Fairy – Contributed by Bernie Petterson

Magical Ferry Fairy – Contributed by Bernie Petterson

Join in by voting for your favorite upload this month here.

Share in myMoleskine this month to be considered for next month’s finalists.

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