Fab Tools: Sketchbooks With A Purpose

Magma Design & Fashion Reference Sketchbooks

I’ll admit that I’m a bit obsessed when it comes to sketch­books and notepads. Activ­ity books were never a chore when I was younger. This must have been passed down to my daugh­ter as well–I actu­ally have to stop her from fin­ish­ing my other children’s workbooks!

Here’s a col­lec­tion of amaz­ing sketch­books designed with a spe­cific pur­pose in mind for all the other OCD scrib­blers and note-takers out there.

Fashionary Memo Pad Kids

Fash­ionary Kids Fig­ure Memo Pad
avail­able here for $8.90

You’ll be whip­ping up con­cept sketches in no time at all with this handy lit­tle pad from Fash­ionary (posted ear­lier here). A kids fig­ure tem­plate is printed on each moodboard-ready sticky note, as well as a spec sheet on the back for jot­ting down measurements.

A Sketchbook for designing t-shirts!

T-Shirt Sketch­book
avail­able here for $19.99

Cap­ture that great t-shirt idea the moment inspi­ra­tion strikes. The per­fect pro­pa­ganda plan­ning tool for all the would-be activists out there!

Magma Design Reference Sketchbooks Magma Design & Fashion Reference Sketchbooks

Magma Sketch­books
avail­able here for $15.95

Offer­ing more than just blank pages, each sketch­book in this series by Magma is tai­lored to a spe­cific design dis­ci­pline with prac­ti­cal tools like mea­sure­ments, forms, and spec sheets. Avail­able in two ver­sions, “Design & Art Direc­tion” and “Fashion.”

Kokuyo Campus Slanted Page Notebook Kokuyo Campus Slanted Page Notebook

Kokuyo Cam­pus Slanted Page Note­book
avail­able here for $22

Though not tech­ni­cally a sketch­book, this is sim­ply too cool not to include. The pages are designed with a sim­ple slant that makes the note­book incred­i­bly easy to flip through. It fea­tures both for­ward and back­ward slants so you can find your spot whether you start from the back or the front of the book. Win­ner of Japan’s Good Design Award.

Custom Scout Books Activity Pad by Wee Gallery Custom Print Your Own Notebook at Scout Books!

Scout Books
avail­able here, prices vary

Have some­thing more spe­cific in mind? Roll your own! Scout Books offers cus­tom lim­ited print runs of these lit­tle 32-page gems for a rea­son­able price. Every­thing is com­pletely cus­tomiz­able by you, includ­ing the inte­rior pages! You can find tons of great ideas and exam­ples on their web­site.

How cool is that DIY activ­ity book by Wee Gallery? Love it!