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The Experience Journal is 80 pages long. The first 20 pages contain prompts to help guide you through the process of capturing your observations. The next 40 pages provide a flexible open framework for you to capture whatever you would like. The final 20 pages consist of 1/8 inch dot grid to enable you to freely capture your surroundings. The dimensions are 5.1″ x 7.1″ (130 x 180mm). It will be printed on high quality 75g text paper. Thanks to Smyth Sewn binding, it will open 180 degrees with ease.

Notebook for Your Creative Observation

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The Experience Journal is 80 pages long :

The first 20 pages contain prompts to help guide you through the process of capturing your observations. The next 40 pages provide a flexible open framework for you to capture whatever you would like. The final 20 pages consist of a 1/8 inch dot grid to enable you to freely capture your surroundings.

The dimensions are 5.1″ x 7.1″ (130 x 180mm). It will be printed on high quality 75g text paper. Thanks to Smyth Sewn binding, it will open 180 degrees with ease.

A new way to observe the world!
Being a good designer starts with observing fine details, and this takes practice. Experience Journal is a visual framework for interior designers, architects, designers, and curious people. Using the Experience Journal not only trains you to be more observant, but it is also a unique way to capture your memories of the beautiful spaces you’ve been in.

After years of tweaking and extensive user tests, I’m finally ready to share the journal with more people who want to have more observant, insightful experiences.

(When you receive your notebook, share your favourite filled-out pages with me and I will share them on the site!)

The Story

Hello, my name is Hanna and I love notebooks. I’m a design student at SVA and passionate about creating meaningful experiences for people.

The motivation behind Experience Journal comes from two dreams of mine. The first dream is to create a space for people to enjoy: a cafe, restaurant, a little studio, or even a hotel. I’m constantly collecting inspirations and references to apply to my future establishment.

My second dream is to be a better designer. Designers learn from everyday experiences, and I wanted to learn how to digest great experiences into usable insights. I wanted to be more observant and discerning about the world around me, and figure out the patterns and elements that make up a great experience.

To be one step closer to those dreams, I created the Experience Journal for myself and have been using some form of it continuously for the last 3 years. I first listed the elements that I want to be mindful of and realized that a visual framework would be highly effective to organize my thoughts. I left a little unorganized space so that I could draw important details.

Through the habit of keeping a journal for the past few years, I have learned so much. I realized how many great design ideas I can find in everyday life, and all those observations have become good resources for my design projects. My drawing skills have gotten better as I continue to use it, and it is fun to fill out. Finally, it’s an amazing record of my past experiences, more personal and evocative than even photographs and writings. I first shared this notebook with my friends, and now I would like to share this experience with you.

Printing and Binding

BEAR MAKES THE WORLD BETTER!

Experience Journal will be printed at BEAR.BETTER, a wonderful social enterprise based in Seoul. Their mission is to make a great working environment(their office is like a beautiful cafe!) for developmentally disabled people by teaching them crafts that they can do the best. Printing and binding are some of these crafts, and they provide high-quality products. For more information, visit their website.

Support
Most of the funds will be used to cover production costs such as printing and binding. I would love to receive enough pre-orders to make the best quality notebook at an affordable price. I truly believe this will help enrich the creative process for many people. Please support me if you want to have this notebook in your hands!

Thank you for your support :-)!

Risks and challenges
Manufacturing: There could be issues with manufacturing, I’ll try to make the best quality product at the set price. I will keep you updated throughout the process.

Shipping: I plan on having the print and ready to ship to you in August 2014. There could be some delays for international shipping.

  • 25-09-2020

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