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Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook Video Review

About a month ago I picked up a set of two Maruman Mnemosyne A4 gridded notebooks, curious to see how they worked for wireframing websites.

In the past month I've been impressed with how well the Mnemosyne notebook has performed, so I shot a brief review video of the notebook to share with you:

Maruman Mnemosyne A4 Notebook Video Review from Mike Rohde on Vimeo.

I love the smooth, calendared paper in the book, because it holds pencil so well. Even soft pencil sketches seem to hold in place without smearing like other books that have paper with texture or tooth on them.

The size is also nice, as A4 (210 × 297 mm) provides a little more vertical height than US Letter sized 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper. This gives that little extra on the top and bottom, which works well for site design, which tends to be more vertical.

Lastly, the light gray grid is strong enough to be seen but light enough not to get in the way. The grid is also relatively easy to knock out in Photoshop, convenient for making your wireframe sketches cleaner for presentations.

Maruman Mnemosyne notebooks can be bought at in a set of 2 for $32. They're not the cheapest notebook, but the balance of paper quality, size and grid tonality make them worth the extra cost to me.

Reader Comments (4)

These look like great notebooks for writers and other creative types. I love what Mnemosyne means too: the ancient Greek goddess of memory.

Unfortunately it looks like you bought all of Jet Pens stock: they are sold out. I found one other place that has them for $13.50 (not sure about size though):

Back to you soon about lunch!
June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhil Gerbyshak
Heh, I must have cleared out the stock of these notebooks with the video and reviews! If JetPens sees they are popular they will know to order more.
June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Mike, I'm curious as to what type of lead you are using when sketching on these notepads?
July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucien W. Dupont
@Lucien, I like softer leads, generally HB (standard leads really).
July 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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