‘u-note, sa-note’Nendo is peeling away the bland and the boring so synonymous with lined notebooks and sticky pads. The Japanese design firm – always delivering on its promised ‘!’ moments – is rethinking stationary, making it more personal to users and their note-taking needs.
‘u-note, sa-note’ – created by Nendo for by | n – draws the line between the creative kinds and the logical thinkers. In the two ruled notebooks, offered in black and white, lines progressively fade toward the bottom of the page until they finally disappear. Though ‘u-note’ features a few lines, much of the page is left unruled and plain. Perfect for drawing, brainstorming and sketching illustrations, it is truly a pad for the scribbler driven by intuition and feeling. ‘R’ marks the spot to jot, as the creative ‘u-note’ is made for those right-brain oriented.
On the other hand, ‘sa-note’ has been designed for the uniform, rational and reason-based note-taker, offering more lines to write on. For these pads, a single ‘L’ adorns the cover, indicating a more logical left-brain orientation.
Clever inside and out, there's nothing stationary about these neat notebooks.
For more information, visit by | n's websiteWriter: Lee Styer. Photography: Akihiro Yoshida
The naming of 'u-note, sa-note' comes from the Japanese pronunciation of 'right' and 'left'
Decide where you stand: either on the 'L' side for left-brain oriented logistical thought; or on the 'R' side for right-brain oriented creativity
The pages within ‘tab note’ – designed by Nendo for Swedish design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune's Smaller Objects range – work with you as you write. L-shaped perforations along the sides of the pages can be folded out to create up to five indexes on each page, making it easy to organise content and return to notes. ‘tab note’ is crafted in the style of traditional Japanese bookbinding, with a matte-finish thread. The option to tear out pages cleanly along the seams lets you toss unwanted notes or file important information easily. The absence of lines and margins makes these notebooks an open space to think freely and a personal platform for self-expression. Plain-coloured covers are easy on the eye – so you can focus on what’s on the inside.
For more information, visit Smaller Objects' website
On your mark: tag pages simply to keep notes organised and easy to find
Up to five different indexes can be created on each page for maximum content control
No longer confined to a one-size-fits-all format, ‘block memo’ is a sticky note cube that offers three different shapes – square, small rectangle and large rectangle. Sitting in a slanted position, ‘block memo’ provides whatever sticky note shape you might need (for bookmarks and beyond).
A handy desk accessory, ‘block memo’ is an unexpectedly welcome sticky situation.
For more information, visit by | n's website
Keep me posted: with three different sticky shapes to choose from, all of your project formats can be tagged and noted appropriately
The sticky notes sit on a slant, making 'block memo' an extra fun desk decoration
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