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My Journal — behind the scenes

Dapper Notes Masks: Why Now?

Dapper Notes Masks: Why Now?

It's now September 2020, and it feels kinda late to start making masks. We've been in need of protective coverings when out in public for a while now, and sure, we have a long way to go before...

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I'm Starting Up Again - Here's How

I'm Starting Up Again - Here's How

Your Survey Responses A short while ago I recorded a podcast episode with Stuart from Nero's Notes, where I explained that I had covid, I fully recovered, tested negative, and then asked for your feedback. I was hoping to...

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I Need Your Help

I Need Your Help

Towards the end of March I shared the news that covid-19 hit my household. I wrote a blog post where I've also continuously posted updates whenever there was something new to share. While everything was on...

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March/April 2020 Status Update

March/April 2020 Status Update

Posted March 25th, 2020 (updates at the end) Hi everyone. It's hard to know what to say at a time when we're overwhelmed with news and updates. It seems like every day there's another company we haven't thought about...

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A New Day for Dapper Notes

A New Day for Dapper Notes

15 min read The last podcast episode of 2019 ended with a promise: that I'll return in the new year with an episode that chronicled changes I made in February 2018. After making that announcement, I started thinking...

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A Goodtype Tuesday Collaboration

A Goodtype Tuesday Collaboration

Two years ago, I collaborated with Eric Friedensohn on the Summer of Sketching Dapper Notes. We met through @goodtype, and decided to give back: $1 per book towards the Goodtype Stay Sharp Scholarship fund. Who's Goodtype? It's...

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Just Covers This Time

Just Covers This Time

Years in the making Before I started selling Dapper Notes (which were then called Hebrew Type Books), I was already experimenting with making notebook covers. No, not the kind that are hand-sewn into Dapper Notes notebooks, but rather covers...

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Process Isn't Perfect

Process Isn't Perfect

The sixteenth edition of Dapper Notes is for subscribers only. Here's Why. Everything is an experiment Every design I create is a brand new experiment. I try to find an interesting combination of cover materials - usually fabric...

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