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Old 11-12-2005, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default Typotheque 2006 diary

Today I received my 2006 diary/sketchbook from Typotheque, designed by type and graphic designer Peter Bilak. It is about the same size as last year’s (20 X 30.5 X 2.5 picas; 85 X 130 X 100 mm), stitched, good paper, very pretty. Chinese red cover.

Changes this year: small pale images of Dürer’s constructed roman letters on the last pair of pages instead of a character showing of the designer’s Fedra typeface; and a ribbon bookmark (unfortunately, hand-taped to one of the Dürer pages, right on top of a character). The cover is attached to the first and last sheets by about twice the depth of last year (about half an inch), which is annoying, but mostly only on front and back endpapers.

The year is picked out by round holes on the cover; unfortunately, one of the holes allows some type on the inside cover to show. Tsk. <g> And the edges of the pages are not tinted as they were last year; the tint is practical, as it keeps the edges from looking too grubby as the book is used.

But much is the same. There are about 60 gridded drawing pages (with various types and sizes of grid) bound into the back of the book. And as before, the dates are still listed European style (14.6) instead of unambiguously (14 June). And I just took out the bookmark, as I use a small sticky note at the top to show the current week and that works well for me. I also use a rubberband to keep the book closed in my handbag; last year I found an orange one that matched the edges of the pages — have to find a new one to go with this year’s red cover.

Even with all my little gripes, I really like this book. It has just enough room to enter my appointments, fits neatly into a pocket in my handbag (or a pocket on a jacket), has lovely paper that lets me write with a fountain pen (or ballpoint, for that matter), and it is attractive — unlike almost all others.

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