Playful Artist-Designed Notebooks

July 22, 2014
Plumb is a new line of notebooks designed and illustrated by contemporary artists. For the fall 2014 collection, artists Jason Polan, Nathaniel Russell, and Linda Geary created eclectic journals based on their artistic practices. Click through the slideshow to see the playful creations, and then check out other notebooks we love here.
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  Jason Polan, known for his ambitious project to draw every person in New York City, has created a series of journals that help people take note of the world around them.The ultra-portable Observation Notebook features eye-shaped cutouts on the back cover, making it ideal for conducting covert surveillance.

    Jason Polan, known for his ambitious project to draw every person in New York City, has created a series of journals that help people take note of the world around them.

    The ultra-portable Observation Notebook features eye-shaped cutouts on the back cover, making it ideal for conducting covert surveillance.

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  Polan's Collection of Paper Options features twelve hand-drawn patterns, prompting new and inventive creations every time you turn the page.

    Polan's Collection of Paper Options features twelve hand-drawn patterns, prompting new and inventive creations every time you turn the page.

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  Artist and musician Nathaniel Russell posts drawings, photographs, and other musings on the mundane to his blog, Crooked Arm, and created a series of journals so that you can do the same.Each of the three Waking Waiting Walking notebooks is bound differently to suit unique purposes, indicated by the whimsical characters embossed on their covers.

    Artist and musician Nathaniel Russell posts drawings, photographs, and other musings on the mundane to his blog, Crooked Arm, and created a series of journals so that you can do the same.

    Each of the three Waking Waiting Walking notebooks is bound differently to suit unique purposes, indicated by the whimsical characters embossed on their covers.

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  The Fake-Jacket Journal, also by Russell, comes with two reversible jackets, which allow you to present four different faces to the world depending on your mood.

    The Fake-Jacket Journal, also by Russell, comes with two reversible jackets, which allow you to present four different faces to the world depending on your mood.

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  Russell's Drawn to Music notebook, which features a built-in record sleeve, encourages you to doodle while listening to your favorite tunes. A line at the bottom of each page prompts you to note what you’re listening to as you draw.

    Russell's Drawn to Music notebook, which features a built-in record sleeve, encourages you to doodle while listening to your favorite tunes. A line at the bottom of each page prompts you to note what you’re listening to as you draw.

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  Linda Geary is cofounder of the Painting Expanded Symposium, a program that promotes discussions around contemporary painting. Her series of vibrant notebooks aims to continue that conversation.The Stack Book contains 32 color swatches that formed the basis of one of Geary’s collaborative art projects and encourage you to get creative, too.

    Linda Geary is cofounder of the Painting Expanded Symposium, a program that promotes discussions around contemporary painting. Her series of vibrant notebooks aims to continue that conversation.

    The Stack Book contains 32 color swatches that formed the basis of one of Geary’s collaborative art projects and encourage you to get creative, too.

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  The unfinished sketches that populate the pages of Geary's Elevated Journal leave space for your own artistic expressions.

    The unfinished sketches that populate the pages of Geary's Elevated Journal leave space for your own artistic expressions.

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  The utility and durability of the Spiral Journal, which features discarded watercolors, make it perfect for producing colorful creations of your own.

    The utility and durability of the Spiral Journal, which features discarded watercolors, make it perfect for producing colorful creations of your own.

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