16 comments

  • Mitch Malone, over 4 years ago

    Things I want to know when I buy notebooks:

    1) Does it open flat? I hate fighting with my notebook. 2) What patterns are available? I prefer dot. 3) How big is it? I like a big notebook. 4) What's the paper weight? I like a heavier weight.

    It's amazing how many notebooks providers don't or make it difficult to answer these questions. This site answers most of these questions, so thanks.

    4 points
  • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, over 4 years ago

    +1 — these notebooks are great and the company is wonderful. I have ordered quite a few of their Confidant's, as well as the smaller set and the pen.

    I combine them with Field Notes and always have a notebook with me.

    I recommend trying them..

    3 points
  • Rick Martin, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    Do you have any advice for designers who might have a good notebook design, but are a little lost when it comes to choosing a printer/binder/notebook-maker-person? What lessons did you takeaway that might be useful to others?

    1 point
  • Tyler RenfroTyler Renfro, over 4 years ago

    The notebooks look awesome.

    My only concern is that they used brandon grotesque and proxima nova on the website.

    1 point
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 4 years ago

    I got one a while ago and it's a good quality notebook and a good value for the money. Nothing special about it though.

    1 point
  • Andy Warburton, over 4 years ago

    Does anyone know how the paper is? I frequently use Letraset Pro Markers for my mockups / sketching and they leak through a lot of paper. so it takes something really tough to prevent leakage.

    1 point
    • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      My experience has been positive. BUT I've heard from others that use thick nibbed pens with water based inks are seeing leakage.

      1 point
    • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, over 4 years ago

      My experience is the same — paper is solid, but heavy ink pens will bleed. Most pens work fine, however.

      Even with the bleeding, however, the back-side of pages are still useful.

      If you're filling in UI sketches, you'll have some more trouble on the other side.

      0 points
  • Michael AfonsoMichael Afonso, over 4 years ago

    My only problem with this notebook was the cover and how easy it was to mark by accidental scruffing. I marked the cover within the first 3 days of having it and it looks really unpleasant to keep holding and carrying around so I went back to my moleskine.

    1 point
    • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, over 4 years ago

      They do sell a nice cover for it, but I understand that shouldn't be required to keep them clean. I'm personally a BIG fan of Baron Fig, and I like the marks, scuffs, and general wear on them. It's like a pair of nicely worn jeans.

      6 points
  • vadim mikhnovvadim mikhnov, over 4 years ago

    I fail to see any difference to Moleskine or any other similar notebook.

    1 point
    • Curtis EstridgeCurtis Estridge, over 4 years ago

      If you feel like listening to a podcast about it, this one explains the differences pretty well.

      https://soundcloud.com/the-journal/who-makes-the-best-paper-journal-geek-out-with-paper-guru

      2 points
    • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, over 4 years ago

      The biggest difference for me is that they are built to lay open. And aren't a spiral design which is nice.

      6 points
      • vadim mikhnovvadim mikhnov, over 4 years ago

        But so are Moleskines and even some knock-offs.

        1 point
        • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, over 4 years ago

          Baron Fig is the first one I came across that did it well. It's all a matter of our personal preference. I appreciate that Baron Fig is an indie company, and that they are constantly putting real effort into working with customers, and making their experience good. Moleskine has never responded to an email, or a tweet from me. I've had private conversations with several Baron Fig employees. That personal touch matters more to me than anything else, since I know any issues I may have with their product will be listened to, and addressed.

          5 points