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About this project

Quick Overview:

• Nomad Notebooks are filled with different types of paper to encourage creativity.
 (48 pages)
• Nomad Notebooks are pocket-sized so you can take them anywhere (3.5 in x 5.5 in).

• Nomad Notebooks are packaged in three-packs. 

• Choose between: Sea+Air+Space, Graph or Planner.

As graphic designers, Ben Scott and I spend our day sketching ideas on graph paper, plain paper and even sticky notes to start the creative process for everything. 

At the end of the day, we end up with a mashed-up mess of paper that affects our creativity.

We needed a pocket-sized notebook with different types of paper inside but couldn't find one anywhere. It was always the same result: The notebooks were filled with plain paper, lined paper or graph paper, but never all in the same place.

As creatives, we found this to be boring, and we decided to make them ourselves.

We feel the mixed-up nature of the paper changes how you think and gets you thinking outside the box.  You can explore your ideas across multiple surfaces—all inside one notebook!

The Sea+Air+Space pack is our most robust offering. This three-pack has a different cover for each book and historical photos on the inside cover relating to each theme. The inside pages differ from book to book. 
Below are the specifics:

  

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SEA:

 

The inside cover harkens back to a time when style and being a boss went hand-in-hand. Now carry the SEA in the palm of your hand.

The inside pages alternate between yellow, dots, plain, green, plain and a sea-depth chart. The depth chart is of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America.

 

 

 

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AIR:

 

This inside cover pays homage to the Tuskegee Airmen. We salute these brave men who fought valiantly and changed the status quo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPACE:

 

On Feb. 20, 1962, John H. Glenn Jr. became the first American to orbit Earth in the spacecraft named Friendship 7. Maybe amazing things will happen inside your Nomad Notebook?

The inside pages alternate between yellow, cross-grid, plain, “space sick” yellow, plain and a constellation chart.

 

 

 

 

 

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From architects and engineers to UX and game designers, a huge amount of people use graph paper every day. We had to do a graph pack, and this one contains six different types of graph paper throughout.

Each notebook has a different cover. The mixed-up graph paper is consistent in each notebook. 

Hexagonal, dots, triangles, cross grid, squares and hex dots.

  

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SQUARE GRAPH:

 

 

 

 

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HEX GRAPH:

 

 

 

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CROSS GRID GRAPH:

 

  

 

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When we first started Nomad Notebooks, many people told us they needed a pocket-sized planner. As problem-solvers, we set out to create a planner that was the standard size of a Nomad and included some important details: a month calendar, a task list and a space for free thinking—what we call a "think space"—where you can capture the ideas or doodles that don't fit in elsewhere.

  

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TO THE MAX PLANNER:

  

 

 

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER PLANNER:

 

 

  

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HOLLYWOOD PLANNER:

 

 

 

 

As we explored items to complement Nomad Notebooks, we knew we needed a carrying case. We were already thinking of a durable leather case when we connected with Tyler Newberry at Nice Custom Goods. Tyler has TONS of experience and a heart for great design. 

The cool thing about leather is it will naturally wear and age over time and become just as unique as the notebook inside and the person using it. We will stamp our logo into the front of the leather case once in production. And remember, these are put together by hand, with a focus on quality. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Newberry of Nice Custom Goods. Portrait photo by Cody Bess (www.codybess.com)
Tyler Newberry of Nice Custom Goods. Portrait photo by Cody Bess (www.codybess.com)

  

                                        

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Up next is the Canvas Utility Roll. Every artist is constantly plagued with how to carry all the different writing instruments and tools. We want to help. These utility rolls will help you stay organized and will complement any Nomad you are carrying. Once you unroll it and open it up, you are greeted with a custom Nomad design on the inside, screen-printed locally by some of our favorite people: The Prince Ink Co.

 

 

 

 

Prince Ink photo by: Keith Lanpher (@klanpher)
Prince Ink photo by: Keith Lanpher (@klanpher)

Finally, just about every level will include our special Nomad Blackout pencils. Everything on these bad boys is black: black wood, black eraser, black lead.  

 

 

Maybe the next big thing will be created in a Nomad Notebook. We sure hope so. Don't stop writing. Don't stop drawing. When you create, it's contagious. We want you to create and imagine and dream. Big things all start with an idea. Just like the idea for Nomad Notebooks.   

You may say, "I have a phone, why do I need a notebook?" If you don't write anything down, you're doing yourself an injustice. You're training your brain to forget. You're becoming too reliant on technology. When is the last time you remember writing something down? A phone number even? We believe there is value in writing down your random thoughts, sketching your ideas and keeping them to look back on.  

In our pursuit of changing the landscape of design and creativity one notebook at a time, we feel it is our responsibility to give back for what we take out of the environment. For each pack of notebooks you purchase, we will donate to reforesting our planet. Visit The Arbor Day Foundation website and see how it works to preserve the world's forests.

Nomad Notebooks started two years ago when Ben and I had creative ideas that didn't fit inside our day-to-day jobs as graphic designers. We worked through our ideas many late nights and then ventured out to local artisan craft shows to share our creations with the community. After several of these shows, one creation undoubtedly stood out from the rest: Nomad Notebooks.

The first Nomad Notebook was Repurposed. The Repurposed Nomad Notebook contains kraft paper, graph paper, tracing paper, white, cream and recycled newspaper. It is put together mostly by hand and then stitched/stapled using a machine. Once we realized people loved the idea of the mixed-up notebook, we immediately thought of new ways to make mixed-up notebooks. 

 

After sifting through several ideas and going through months of prototyping and research, we saw that in order to take this to the next level, we would need help, and that is why were are at Kickstarter. Thank you for reading our story, and thank you for being a part of all of this.

We also would like to thank the following people for assistance and/or support getting all of this off the ground: PMA Architecture, Tim Parsons, Matt Hildreth, and The Prince Ink Co. 

  

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For any questions or press inquiries feel free to email us at connect@nomadnotebooks.com.

You can view and download high-res photos via the button below.

 

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Risks and challenges

Please remember the images of the notebooks are our prototypes, the final notebooks may vary slightly, however will closely resemble what you see here. Understand that variance will happen.

With regards to fulfillment, the printing process is the least of our worries, we are confident in getting the notebooks printed and ready for distribution but things can happen which could delay production.

The leather craft involved in producing the leather cases is time consuming and is being handled by one guy with TONS of experience. But he's human, and it will take time to hand craft these cases.

With the canvas utility rolls, again, they have to be obtained and then screen printed. The procurement could take time based on the size of the order and again, human powered screen printing takes time.

We are experienced with operating under deadlines with multiple projects at the same time. While we want everything to run smoothly, there are always possibilities of human error and delays. We will always be honest and forthcoming with information regarding this project so you know everything that is happening each step of the way.

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