“A “Detour” is a different path drifting from the common, linear way. It is a free exploration that offers the possibility of getting lost in order to discover unexpected places. It’s like untangling the threads of imagination.”
- Maria Sebregondi, Founder and Director of Brand Equity for Moleskine
We are very excited to share our upcoming partnership with Dwell.com, featuring a series of interviews with a leading designer, artist, or creative thinker from the Detour Book. For more information on the Detour project, please visit here.
The first interview is with Maria Sebregondi, one of the founders of Moleskine and Director of Brand Equity. Discover what inspires her and check out some images from the Detour book. MOLESKINE DETOUR: Q&A WITH MARIA SEBREGONDI
We are always happy to support fan hacks and the creativity that goes into transforming an open platform that is a notebook into something new. If you have ever wondered what goes into making a great hack, the video below is a great guide to learn from.
We reached out to Ngai Chun Cheung, who made the video, for background on why he made this hack.
Cheung - I got in particular this pocket sized Moleskine notebook in plain years ago, but just made a couple of sketches and put it away. It was sitting in the shelf and waiting to be rediscovered. The sturdy hard cover invited itself to be a part of a decent DIY case. I made the video because “a picture is worth a thousand words”, I then recorded the transformation of a dusty notebook to a versatile modern case without losing its classic Moleskine design and then shared the result on YouTube.
To see more fan created hacks, please visit the Hacks section of myMoleskine.
A nice feature in the New Yorker by Sasha Frere-Jones on Thom Yorke’s search for the perfect beat.
Yorke fits perfectly within an analog to digital continuum blending the use of laptops and notebooks within his current creative process. Read more about his process and journal at the link below: Atomic Clock
Featured in New Yorker / Photograph by Pari Dukovic
Our friends at Details Magazine have invited their newly crowned 2013 Digital Mavericks to draw the future of social media. Mavericks – including Jack Dorsey (Square/Twitter), Carter Cleveland (Art.sy), Kenna (Myspace), Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann (Pinterest), the Tumblr Evangelists and a cast of others – were asked to break the digital barrier and return to pen and paper to illustrate what they believe will be the future of social media. Check out a few examples below:
Chris Morton from Lyst
Max Sebala from Tumblr
Now it’s your turn.
Moleskine has partnered with Details to invite our respective fans and readers to imagine where they think social media will take us next. One winner and two runners-up, will have their drawing showcased at the Details Digital Mavericks event at the New Museum in New York City on March 27th, as well as on Details.com and here on Moleskinerie.
How to enter:
Think of how you’d illustrate the future of social media. Draw it.
Upload your image to Instagram using the hashtag #digitalmavs
The myMoleskine community is made great with contributions of not just images but also videos, notebook hacks and MSK creations. Maykel Nunes is one person who has caught our eye recently with a series of video uploads. We wanted to see what Maykel was up to and to learn more about the story behind his video creations. We hope you enjoy the following video & Q&A with Maykel.
Moleskine – Can you share a bit about yourself?
Maykel Nunes – I’m a Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator in love with all kind of visual arts. Since childhood I’ve always liked to create, from simple drawings in the corners of the notebooks to the imaginary worlds I built with Lego bricks. I believe I was born with this creative spirit, I have in my family my grandfather and my father that, in different areas, also always worked creating stuff and I opted to use this talent in design and illustrations.
M – Can you explain the importance of tracing in your sketch first, before you start the video?
MN – Yes, I make a rough trace with pencil first, by this way I can study better the position of each object and try different compositions, and also usually I don’t have time to complete an entire page at once. Some doodles can take days to be completed, it depends on the inspiration. That’s why on the videos I show only the ink part, because at this stage the process is faster and easier to capture. The idea of making videos came because many people who followed me on flickr and twitter asked to show how the drawings were made, and the return is very rewarding. It’s nice to see a lot of people saying they bought a Moleskine notebook and started drawing after knowing my work. That is priceless.
M – What does this video series you are sharing mean to you?
MN – First was the desire to draw without compromise as I said previously. And also to create a personal challenge to do some scribblings every day, I confess that there are days that I can’t do that due to the demands of other jobs, but always when I have an idea of a theme or object, I open my moleskine and do a quick rough or just write the idea. I think the main intent is to force me to always be creating, always feeding and exercising the mind.
Thank you to Maykel for the time and story about his video series Moleskine Daily. If you would like to see more videos or add your own just head over to myMoleskine video section.
Thank you to everyone who took time to help decide the Author A Month for February, our newest Author A Month won by a single vote. That author? Lex Wilson.
From the myMoleskine community, meet Lex: Can you share a bit of your background with us?
Lex – I currently work as a graphic designer, in purely digital medium. But I love to hold a real pen in my hand and draw onto real paper. When I was a kid there were only drawing pads, no computers, and no ‘undo buttons’! So I guess drawing freehand onto paper adds some jeopardy, you have to work with your mistakes, it reminds me of being young and that makes it more exciting and personal. That’s what I love.
What was your first experience with a Moleskine notebook?
Lex – The first time I heard of Moleskine was when I needed a piece of paper to draw on and a friend of mine tore a piece from his book. The paper was amazing…. I’d never drawn on anything like it. He told me it was a Moleskine and I bought one. I’ve been buying them ever since!
Why did you join the myMoleskine community?
Lex – I joined myMoleskine because I wanted to connect with other artists and find more inspiration – just be a part of a larger community of people who do lots of different things with a similar medium and who have a common passion. There’s some incredible works of art and talented people in the community and it’s an endless source of inspiration.
What is the story of your winning upload ? (Live Live The Audio Cassette)
Lex – ‘Long Live The Audio Cassette’ came about one night when some friends and I were reminiscing about when we used to buy tape packs – 6 audio cassettes in a box – and how although they could be ruined just by a twist in the tape film, or crushed under the weight of a clumsy foot, and needed to be rewound and fast forwarded to find a song, they were still excellent things. I guess we all realised we’d got to a certain age, and a piece of technology had come and gone before our very eyes. I still have some of those old cassette packs. But no tape-deck to play them!
With a parting note, if your Moleskine notebook could talk, what would it say?
Lex – “Oi! Life is a prism….get some colour in your life!!”
If you like the Bookmark or Sleeve you see in this post, you can download them for free from our website by visiting MyMoleskine – MSK Addons – Templates section. We are looking for somebody to feature for next month so make sure to upload to myMoleskine before the end of the month.