How It Works Blog About Us Sign Up How It Works Blog About Us Sign Up close dev (v26) Notebook Prototypes August 2, 2017 I've been messing with notebooks and how they are structured now for close to two decades. As an art student I always had a sketchbook, but gave them up for a while when I moved into programming. However like a lot of other people who went into digital fields I went back to using a physical notebook. I suspect it was the lack of distraction and immediacy of handwriting that pulled me back. From there it quickly became an important tool…a crude, poorly organized, but compelling tool that I couldn't replace with something digital. I started experimenting. I tore out pages and glued them back into the correct context. Specific projects now had specific pages. It felt really good and gave a context that was usually lost. However, pulling out a glue stick was a bit absurd. I moved to post-it notes and reproduced something similar with less overhead. This was the first stab at a composable notebook. Then I got the itch to do it right. I reached out to a bindery and had them put together a specifically structured book. It was a notebook with a traditionally bound book on the left and a large post it note like pad on the right that fit well glued within the left side. Each page had formal headers and a QR code. Needless to say the book was big and clumsy, but did compose a bit easier with better paper ( and allowed us to organize our favorite Toy Story characters it seems ). Then I stumbled on acrylic. I loved writing on whiteboards not only because of the space, but the flexibilty. I wandered my local hardware store and had them cut up some pieces of white and clear acrylic and started experimenting. It started with loose sheets, but quickly morphed into magnets crudely glued into each corner. It worked amazingly! This new format unfortunately introduced an organization problem since these notes were temporary and needed to be scanned digitally to persist. At the time scanning digitally amounted to tiny thumbnails in random locations. The great majority of these notes I have never looked at again. I loved ideating on a portable whiteboard. A little smaller boards with a couple magnets accidentally falling out and it even felt and opened like a notebook. I also started to realize that I could use other inserts. The insert on the right is paper glued to balsa wood. I would simply erase it. It rocked. Then I met Jon Alling and the cover became a single coherent piece which changed everything. This is the very first iteration. This is when I realized we were on to something, but we still needed to figure out how to organize the pages which lead to our app, but that is a different story… This is where we have landed. Our now patent pending notebook uses acrylic that is coated to protect from scratches and ink staining. The magnets sit in the acrylic sans glue. The cover is leather with the magnets flush to the surface. The inside is textured rubber that doubles as a grip to hold a pen in the now vacant spine. We also have bound paper sections that snap in and out of the book as elegantly as the whiteboards. It truly is a complete builder’s notebook now. Sign Up For Updates! Sign up to learn more about Aha! SIGN UP NOW! SIGN UP NOW! How It Works Blog About Us Sign Up @ 2017 VERSION, LLC. Terms of Service Privacy Policy @ 2017 VERSION, LLC.