Photo Book Profile – Jesper Ståhl

Jesper is a product and graphic designer from Sweden, running his design consultancy Jesper Design for local and international brands.

Jesper Stahl – Moleskine Photo Book

Jesper Stahl – Moleskine Photo Book

“I work in mixed media, using both traditional sketching by hand, model-making, photography and high end 3D modeling and visualization. The essence of my work is creative problem solving – by design, so finding Moleskine Photo books was a perfect match for my to create a physical and digital portfolio of a selection of my work and work process. The photos used in this Portfolio is partly done by my own hand but also the works of professional photographers such as my friends Örjan Henriksson, Sam Sylvén, Pelle Wahlgren and Petra Bindel.

Jesper Ståhl – Moleskine Photo Book

Jesper Ståhl – Moleskine Photo Book

What inspires my work and me is observing people and how they use products and interfaces. The most obvious solution to a problem can quite often be right in front of your eyes. What inspires me visually is architecture – design on a grand scale and the unique creativity of nature. What drives my work is curiosity and the joy of combining craftsmanship, lateral thinking and building strong and unique brands.”

If you would like to see more images click here.

Find out more about Jespers work and thoughts at http://www.jesperdesign.se/.”

As always, If you have recently created a Photo Book and want to share it
with us, just send an e-mail to: Moleskinerie@moleskine.com

 

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Photo Book Profile – John Waire

This week we are featuring A trip to New York City, a Moleskine Photo Book created by John Waire, a documentary photographer in Baltimore, MD, US.

John Waire – Moleskine Photo Book

John Waire – Moleskine Photo Book

“My beautiful wife Sara encouraged me to pursue my passion for image making in 2007.  After our first child Mady was born, I realised how much I enjoyed documenting life. When our son Liam came along, fatigue followed close by. It was in those exhausted moments that I began to throttle back and observe the every day moments that we take for granted…and realised how important they were. The simple things. A look. A smile. A first. An interaction. A moment, special to me as a dad and husband.  It’s a lens that others share and I think that’s why my images are able to resonate.

John Waire – Moleskine Photo Book

John Waire – Moleskine Photo Book

Our latest trip to Brooklyn was extra special. We visited family and exposed the kids to New York City for the first time. While editing the photos, I knew that I needed to find a home for these memories outside of the digital space – a cool, tangible reminder that I could reach for whenever I wanted. I’m so glad to have found the Moleskine + MILK Photo Books to hold on to our NYC City trip memories forever.”

If you would like to see more images click here.

As always, If you have recently created a Photo Book and want to share it
with us, just send an e-mail to: Moleskinerie@moleskine.com

 

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Photo Book Profile – Sandip Koodali

Sandip Koodali is a writer and advertising creative based in Singapore.

Sandip Koodali - Moleskine Photo Book

Sandip Koodali - Moleskine Photo Book

“I am very curious about the world in general and that pushes me to travel and to photograph. I am interested in universal emotions and even when I photograph the exotic I am attracted more by what is ordinary in them.

This book is a personal journey as it features photographs taken in my ancestral home in Kerala, India where my family still conducts an annual ritual – Theyyam. This is a complex ceremony that spans two nights of ritual performances and worship. The makeup that the characters wear is all natural and made from plant dyes and extracts at the site itself as are much of the clothing and headgear. It is an emotional experience for me to attend as I feel a connection with my past that goes back many centuries and I think I am privileged to have that intact even now.

But I think the connection with the past is something every one of us shares – through history, ethnicity, family, nation, culture and more than anything humanity. It has the immense possibility of enriching every one of us if we choose to tap into it.”

Sandip Koodali - Moleskine Photo Book

Sandip Koodali - Moleskine Photo Book

If you would like to see more images click here.

Sandip has also created another Moleskine photo book about his travels to Naoshima, Japan called Stillness and Silence: http://bit.ly/1aerRUF

“This is a collection of quieter photographs from a trip to Naoshima Island in central Japan.”

As always, If you have recently created a Photo Book and want to share it
with us, just send an e-mail to: Moleskinerie@moleskine.com

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What would you do with your AbracadabrApp?

To celebrate the arrival of the AbracadabrApp image mixing analog app and notebook on the Moleskine Store, we are giving away 5 copies.

AbracadabrApp

Shoot two-sided videos in one single shot, give your frames a coloured tint with the physical filters… and use it as a notebook too. For your chance to own this unique piece of equipment and make like a true urban nomad, tell us what you would do with your AbracadabrApp by posting in the comments below. The designers of the hack will choose five responses to send an AbracadabrApp to.

AbracadabrApp

You can enter with words, images, videos or links: just make sure to check back here on Tuesday 30th July when the winner will be announced.

AbracadabrApp

You have until Friday 26th July to submit your idea. Good luck!

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Photo Book Profile – Donna Anel

This week we are featuring “Miracles” a Photo Book created by Donna Anel, a Doctor/Mom from Seattle.

Donna Anel. Moleskine Medium Square Photo Book

Donna Anel. Moleskine Medium Square Photo Book

Donna – “I made the photo book as a present for my husband Ramon for his birthday.  We are both doctors (although I have taken a pause from practicing medicine to be a mom) but we try to do something creative with our free time. ”

“What inspires us is a little different.  He enjoys pictures, images, portraits.  I, on the other hand, enjoy books, writing, and words.  So, I thought, maybe a high-quality photo book could marry images and words together and nicely showcase how amazing I think his photographs are. We live in the Seattle/Tacoma area here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the US and it is a photographer’s paradise.  In this photo book, more than half of the pictures are taken just literally in our backyard. We are blessed with this accessible magnificence of all things awe-inspiring, big and small, that inspire us every day.”

Donna Anel. Moleskine Medium Square Photo Book

Donna Anel. Moleskine Medium Square Photo Book

If you would like to see more images click here.

As always, If you have recently created a Photo Book and want to share it
with us, just send an e-mail to: Moleskinerie@moleskine.com

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Moleskine Author A Month June – Bobbie Jo D’Eon

“Moleskine lets me create expressive journals of things going on in my life, be it the people I love, the things I buy, or just the quotes that are inspiring me at the time.” - Bobbie Jo D’Eon.

 

We are proud to present to you the June Author A Month Bobbie Jo D’Eon. As with all previous winners, Bobbie Jo was selected by our fans. If you would like to be considered for the next Author A Month profile, simply start sharing your work in myMoleskine and you have the opportunity to be selected as a finalists next month.

How do you use your notebook?
Bobbie Jo – I love sketching and I love writing. So I’m very into “sketch journaling”. I work with ink and pencil 99% of the time and draw whatever I want to say. I love blogs but can’t seem to stay dedicated enough to update one but I do upload pics of my Moleskine drawings all the time, so I like to call myself a micro-sketch-blogger.

What does creating on a Moleskine notebook mean to you?
Bobbie Jo – There is something about them that motivates me to add that extra touch of quality to my work. I have a collection of notebooks and in a way they all have their own use but the work that you find in my Moleskine sketchbooks is just that much better than what you find in my other sketchbooks.

When do you do your best work?
Bobbie Jo - You’ll get the best work out of me if it’s late at night or very
early morning, my music cranked or a good movie playing, and if I’m
comfortable.

A parting quote to share with everyone?
Bobbie Jo – “All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.” 
-Chuck Palahniuk.

Thanks for sharing with us Bobbie Jo!

You can download the Sleeve and Bookmark you see above in myMoleskine. For Pinterest fans make sure to follow us! You can also see our Author A Month board showcasing past
winners
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Photo Book Profile – Bridget White

“I love painting because when I paint my mind wanders and often think about anything but the painting itself.”

Art Bridget White, Moleskine Classic Landscape Photo Book

This week we are featuring a Photo Book in a new landscape format created by New Zealand Book Designer Bridget White. Bridget designs coffee table and photography books for a book publisher as her profession, she enjoys painting and drawing in her free time. We loved her take on the human figure and how her Photo Book came together.

Art Bridget White, Moleskine Classic Landscape Photo Book

Bridget - “I’m inspired simply by my surrounding in my everyday life, which
is why the range of my work is so varied.  If a see an inspiring design I often try and incorporate an element of this within my works. I like to experiment with all different mediums such as acrylics and charcoal, through to experimenting with coffee and
household cleaning products which can often produce some interesting results.”

Art Bridget White, Moleskine Classic Landscape Photo Book

If you would like to see more images from Bridget’s Photo Album just click here.

As always, If you have recently created a Photo Book and want to share it
with us, just send an e-mail to: Moleskinerie@moleskine.com

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2013 – Half Full or Empty?

We are in the middle of 2013 and wanted to check in with our readers, how has your year gone so far?

We hope everything is going to plan but if not, we are happy to provide a few ideas to help guide you to a more fulfilling finish this year. Below are free templates that you can download from our website and insert into your planner or notebook.

Start Over – There are still 6 months left to change how your year is going. Try our New Years Resolution template.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change Perspective – Sometimes it’s all about how you look at things. Download a template that changes your view point, go from horizontal to vertical etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Track – If lofty goals have prevented you from taking action this year, start smaller. Record some of your favorite things that you already do, in this case books. Have you read anything good this year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join In – The Moleskine community creates new templates everyday, such as this template for how to optimize your daily routine.

DAILY ROUTINE - Contributed by Stephanie Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you want to change or get done by the end of the year? Make a commitment by sharing that in the comments below and let’s check back in 6 months!

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Analog Digital Wedding Planning

@Jamesbedell wrote a tweet that got our attention about how he planned his wedding. We enjoyed what he had to say so much that we asked him to share how he used both analog and digital platforms to plan his wedding. Below are James’s words and images from his special day.

James -
I don’t remember when I first came across a Moleskine notebook. What I do know is that from the time I’ve owned one I haven’t stopped carrying one around with me. In our ever more connected digital world, having the space and privacy of a notebook is essential to me, more now than ever. The notebooks play a major role in helping me think about projects and to remember my life. Perhaps then it’s not a surprise that when it came time to get married Moleskine products played such a big part in not only the planning, but the big day itself.

Planning The Big Day
Planning a wedding is an exercise in coordinating details. When it came time to plan our wedding, my Moleskine notebook was essential. To me there’s nothing better than opening up two blank pages taking out a pencil and sketching out a plan. Below is a first pass at our timeline for wedding weekend.

Midway through our planning I got my hands on an Evernote Smart Notebook and started playing with it. What I love about it is that it’s a private, quiet place, but if I need that information to come to the cloud it was just a snap away. Suddenly it was much easier to grab meeting notes, snap a photo and get them into Evernote. Since Jenn and I were already sharing a wedding notebook, my notes became our notes which made it much easier to share details and ideas.

Here’s one thing I learned – write down EVERYTHING. Meetings go by fast and I for one missed things. The more you capture the more confident you can feel that two weeks after that meeting with the florist you’re still on the same page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once these notes became digital it was that much easier to collaborate with vendors – below is a scan of our seating chart notes … sketched out in my Evernote Smart Notebook, scanned to Evernote and emailed to our vendor in just a few minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telling The People I Love How I Felt
As the wedding got closer I was looking for a way to tell the people I’m closest to how much they meant to me. Nothing is as personal to me as a handwritten letter. I had always been interested in Moleskine’s postal notebooks and I had finally found the perfect use for them.

Sara Wight Photography

Now dear reader I will confess I had planned on writing and mailing all of these notebooks 10 days ahead of the wedding but work life, home life and wedding planning sucked up all that time. So while recovering from a broken wrist (a very long story) I sat and hand wrote 14 postal notebooks. I won’t reveal their contents here, but having something physical, tangible that my family and friends could quietly read was so important to me I had to go through the effort. That effort took more time than I had anticipated so rather than mail these I had them dropped off at the hotel front desk where my family and friends were staying.

Something I learned: Hand written notes take time. Way more time than you think but they are totally worth the hugs you get after the person you give it to reads it.

Vows
There’s one last vital role Moleskine played in my wedding- my vows. The very first draft of my vows were handwritten into my Evernote Smart Notebook. I went through some edits and thoughts that way. I still love planning my writing on paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eventually, I typed my notes into Evernote so I could review and change wording as needed. After I massaged the final draft in my digital brain, I needed an analog place to park the final results.

That’s where I looked to Moleskine’s MSK page. This web tool is an easy way to take text, photos and the like and format them for printing.  I always keep a pocket-size Moleskine with me and I knew my wedding day would be no different.  I thought what better way to read my vows than from the pages of my notebook. The MSK app on the website made it easy to format the text into large lettering I could easily read when standing in front of our guests. When the big moment came out my notebook came. Trusty as ever.

Something I learned – notebooks get stuck in the lining of rental tuxedos. Safety pin back the pocket for quick access. I did not do this which created an unintentionally humorous break in the ceremony.

Sara Wight Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think great tools can help build great habits. Moleskine notebooks help me make a habit out of planning and introspection. They were essential to helping me plan my wedding and make it special.

Thanks for sharing James! Share your favorite wedding planning tools or tips that made your wedding special in the comments below and we will send out Evernote Smart Notebooks to 3 favorite comments.

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Photo Book Profile – Jore and Carol

Another week, another incredible trip to share with you in our weekly Photo Book series. This week we bring two best friends from Singapore, Jore and Carol with their La Dolce Vita Moleskine Photo Book.

Jore & Carol – “We aim to always tell a story with our photos, it’s how we can share our experiences with our family and friends. We hope that when people see our photos, they see and feel what we experienced too.”

Photo Book Profile – Jore and Carol

Jore & Carol – “We love to travel, leave our foot prints to as many places we can in the
world. We currently live in Singapore, it’s really easier to move around from
here since it’s an airline hub”

Photo Book Profile – Jore and Carol

Jore & Carol -  “Wanderlust gives glitter in our eyes. When we travel, we don’t like to plan too much, we prefer to experience cities as locals do. We love trying local cheese, food and wine that originated from that country or place.”

Photo Book Profile – Jore and Carol

If you would like to see more adventures from Jore and Carol you can check out their blog: www.thetravelcrowd.com

If you have recently created a Photo Book and want to share it with us, just send an e-mail to: Moleskinerie@moleskine.com

What do you like to do when you travel?

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