Every January I look around all of the local shops in Seattle for the perfect everyday carry monthly planner. Every year I am frustrated and eventually disappointed that no one seems to produce an option with the following features:
- Small everyday carry format
- High quality paper w/ grid or dot grid – where pens wont bleed though
- Section for quarterly goals planning
- Section for quarterly monthly planning
- Standard monthly calendar
- Minimal clean aesthetic
- Good use of horizontal format
Because I am a designer by trade, aesthetics, integration with my existing everyday tools, and quality are really important to me.
To this end I have taken matters literally into my own hands. Using a .05 Uni Jetstream in red and black, a straight edge, and a red Field Notes notebook I have drawn exactly the feature set above by hand.
I am quite pleased with the results, the utility, the feature set, and the fact that I can carry this with my other Field Notes make this a clear win for me.
Finally I decided at the encouragement of a college of mine to snap a few quick photos, write this post, and attempt to lobby the fine folks at Field Notes to consider actually producing such a notebook.
If there is demand and interest out there speak up! I would totally volunteer my design services pro-bono simply for the opportunity to work with such awesome people, products, and to make this concept a real product.
Perhaps if you have a similar need every January why not pile on with comments, share this, and lets get some momentum behind this together!