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  • Moleskine Notebooks At The Movies

    Rian Johnson's MoleskinesI'm not really a Moleskine guy, but I am a movie guy so I perked right up when I saw a post about Star Wars on Moleskinerie, the blog of the notebook maker.

    It was a recap of a brief Twitter exchange between Rian Johnson, director of the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, and Ty Leisher, a fan and web series director.

    Leisher wanted to know if Johnson wrote in Moleskines and the director responded by tweeting a picture of a bunch of dated notebooks. Presumably, they contained some Star Wars secrets fans would kill for.

    Turns out, Moleskine has a history with the movies. Continue reading

  • Moleskine At TED 2015

    Moleskine @ TED 2015In case you've missed it, North America is experiencing nerdvana this week with TED 2015 underway in Vancouver and SXSW going in Austin.

    Moleskine has signed on as a sponsor of the TED conference and is inviting fans to take part via Twitter for chances to win Moleskine loot.

    (The Technology, Entertainment and Design conference is a gathering in which the top minds in those fields give brief talks – each one 18 minutes or less – about ideas worth spreading).

    Using #IdeasNoted, Moleskine is tweeting questions about how people use their notebooks to keep track of ideas. The notebook maker also has a table set up at the conference where attendees can "write, discuss and record their answers through a mixture of handwriting, tweeting, sketchnoting, video and human contact." Continue reading

  • Moleskine Goes Public

    Love Moleskine notebooks? Now you have a chance to put your money where your heart is.

    The company known world-wide for its variety of notebooks for writers and artists is expected to begin trading shares on the Milan stock exchange this week.

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that about 106 million shares of Moleskine will be for sale in the IPO at a price of between €2 and €2.65 each.

    Moleskine is currently under majority control of private equity firm Syntegra Capital which bought into the company in 2006. Moleskine is valued between €424m and €561m, with about 90 percent of revenue coming from paper products and the rest in accessories and electronic products, according to The Economist.

    As part of what it hopes will be a global expansion, Moleskine is broadening its range to include things like iPad covers, writing instruments, apps, bags and niche journals. The company expects to open new stores in Asia and South America following the IPO.

    The Atlantic took a look at Moleskine's prospectus and found a few interesting tidbits:

    • Its best seller is the classic hardcover Moleskine notebook.
    • More than half of Moleskine's sales come from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
    • Only 6 percent of sales occur in Moleskine stores or on the Moleskine website (which is getting an overhaul).

    Is the stock worth buying?

    The general consensus seems to be 'yes.' The company is profitable, earning nearly €14 a year in profit, selling to about 3.3 million customers. And Moleskine says that is less than 2 percent of its potential customers, meaning there is plenty of room to grow.

    And then there's also the little thrill you might get from owning a small piece of one of your favorite notebook makers. Cooler still would be the chance to go to a shareholders meeting where you could stand up and ask why Moleskines can't be made to work with fountain pens.

    So what do you think...willing to take a chance on the future of pen and paper?

  • Photographer Ina Jang Starts With Her Notebook

    New York Times Magazine cover shot by Ina Jang.

    It's not uncommon for a photograph to inspire an artist's sketch, but Ina Jang is a photographer who uses her sketches to inspire her photographs.

    She sketches out her ideas for photos using a fine-point Uniball Signo and a Moleskine notebook, then turns those sketches into reality, according to this excellent story about Jang in the New York Times.

    They're usually just rudimentary drawings, tagged with cryptic notes, but they serve as a basic blueprint for her. She uses the sketches to help develop and stage the ethereal photographs that are her art form, just as any painter who starts with a pencil drawing before moving onto the easel.

    Jang told Foam magazine of her work:

    I have treated my recent work more like drawings. I envisage the image, as I am drawing on a white canvas, and simplify the elements in the photographs.

    Unfortunately, her own website does not seem to be working, but Trendland has a series of recent Ina Jang photos that are worth seeing.

    Meanwhile, we're curious about how other artists are using their notebooks. Do you have any specifics tips or techniques you can share with others about how to get inspiration from your notebook?

  • How to Start Writing a Journal

    If you're a person who enjoys good pens – and really, who doesn’t? – then it's a shame not to do as much writing as possible. A great way to do that: Start and maintain a journal. Continue reading

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