Moleskine notebooks have a wonderful and storied relationship with the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin all using the original, black pocket-sized version to capture thoughts and sketches that would later become masterpieces. Today, the Mokeskine collection encompasses a variety of different types, colors and sizes of notebooks, but the brand continues to evoke the spirit of individualism, travel and creativity of the original.
In that spirit, we asked some talented folks to put their custom touch on the notebooks and the result was inspiring!
Randi Means, Art Director - The Container Store: "I wanted to add something to the notebooks that made me smile every time I opened them. For the blue notebook (Glitter Dots) with gold confetti design, I used a hole-punch and glitter tape to create the dots. It reminds me of a celebration or party."
Randi Means, Art Director - The Container Store: "I love patterns, so for the taupe notebook I added a bold stripe pattern with red and aqua washi tape. The washi tape is easy to apply and remove so I can edit or make a new design with different colors and patterns of tape if desired."
Arlene Velasco, Stylist: "I used a thin point sharpie and a thin point paint pen to create the design. I love writing in script and calligraphy and clean and simple designs. I want to use the Moleskine as a space to gather my thoughts and plans for all the different styling jobs I work on."
Mai Thi Le: Her beautiful landscape watercolor on the cover sets a serene mood. The back cover with a fun doodle represents what she may be documenting inside the notebook - travels to Europe and the adventures she experienced.
Keely Sorette, Artist - Calgary, Canada (represented by Fostermak.com): "My pieces are inspired primarily by nature and everyday life. My work is contemporary and abstract, thickly textured, brightly colored and often glossy. I applied my painting technique to the Moleskin cover. I used Liquitex Pouring Medium because it's super flexible and transparent when dry. It's a great medium to mix with acrylic paints and acrylic inks! It makes the paints and inks super glossy and glass-like. I use a variety of different "sticks" - toothpicks, Popsicle sticks, etc. - to determine the size of the dots!"
Ryan Jones, Art Director - The Container Store: "I like art that is very simple and graphic. This design is a one-color sketch inspired by Bridget Riley, an artist that used simple lines and shapes to suggest movement and optical illusions."
Dona Mitcham, Associate Creative Director - The Container Store: "My inspiration behind the design is that I've been thinking about summer vacation lately and needing some rest and relaxation, so when I was asked to customize the Moleskine notebook, all I could think about was sitting on a dock out by the lake...calm, blue water with no one around. Just me and my thoughts, which is what I painted - my view of the lake. Now, I just need to get there and write those thoughts in my custom notebook! I used acrylic paints to paint the dock and horizon line leaving the water and sky blue of the notebook."
Nik Billings, IS Senior Applications Engineer - The Container Store: "Growing up I wanted to draw comic books for a living and drew a lot of comic book style characters and eyes until I discovered the programming languages Turbo Pascal and C++ in my senior year of high school and pretty much all of my focus switched to computer science. In the past, I've had cool doodles result from working around coffee stains and I thought it would be fun to start with one here."
Nik Billings, Senior Applications Engineer - The Container Store: "One of my favorite projects to work on in the IS department is our elfa Custom Design Center, the tool our employees use to design elfa closets. My background with animation, math, and some game development helped tremendously on our project when it was time to create the latest version of the application that generates and displays custom elfa solutions. This book has the 64 most common configurations of a 6-foot elfa space designed, as we would train our designers to create them. The upper left starts with a solution that consists entirely of long hanging storage and works its way down to the bottom right to a solution with the maximum amount of usable drawers (drawers are really hard to use if you can't look down into them!)."
Nik Billings, IS Senior Applications Engineer - The Container Store: "I enjoy finding different ways to write my name," he says with a grin.