HT Prints & Dapper Notes tag:https://shop.hebrewtype.land,2007:Shopify Shopify Enon Avital urn:uuid:11195285592 September 14, 2018 September 14, 2018 To Meaningful Rewards!

Did you know this shop has a rewards program?

In a recent Instagram stories poll I found out that about one out of five people knew.

Poll: 22% voted I did, 78% voted Nope

What I saw

Prior to running the above poll, I've noticed two things happening with the program. 1) Fewer and fewer people were making use of rewards, and 2) most people who signed up were using some of the earning methods in a less-than-meaningful way. 

The original program would let you earn points for sharing a link on your social accounts and for following Dapper Notes online. With few exceptions, every social share and follow was being immediately retracted as soon as points were earned. I don't mind that people were earning points in the ways that I made available, but I felt like the point of the whole program (excuse the pun) was missed. It no longer served as the meaningful experience I'd set out for it to be.

Two more questions

In addition to finding out how many people actually knew about the rewards program, I also asked two more questions to gauge how useful it was to people, and whether I should get rid of the program altogether.

The final tally indicated that roughly a quarter of the members used or plan to use points:

Poll results: 24% voted YES!, 76% voted Not Really

And it looked like less than a third of you wanted rewards to still be a thing around here:

Poll results: 71% voted Good Riddance, 29% voted Please Don't

Weighing in the results

I cannot say why a large majority don't seem to care about loyalty programs. Maybe they don't like stuffing their feeds with links, or perhaps they prefer to compensate independent creators the full amount for their efforts. (I know at least one of you is in camp with the latter group. Thank you for your kind message; you know who you are.) But what I do know is that I care a lot about forging a meaningful relationship with those of you who truly appreciate my craft, and are rooting me on at any given opportunity. 

The loyalty program is not going away.

That's right. I created the program in the first place because I wanted to have a chance to reward you for being my best hand in spreading the word on what I'm doing. I want to continue rewarding you, and so I've decided to make some changes that allow for rewards to meet my original vision.

So what's changing?

I'm so glad you asked!

First

I changed the name from "Loyalty Program" to "Rewards". I honestly don't have a great reason for the name change, other than: it just sounds right. 

Second

I removed the earning opportunities that were being gamed. I'm no longer awarding points for social sharing or for following. I'd love it of course if you followed my accounts and shared the website with your friends, but you do you and what's comfortable for you. 

Third

I adjusted the earning and Rewards values, and added new redemption possibilities up to $150! 

Fourth

You can now redeem your Rewards points with no minimum purchase amount.

And finally

I made the referral coupon better. Previously when you referred a friend they'd get $5 off their first purchase of $20 or more. I now doubled the coupon to $10 off their first purchase of $25 or more. I picked this value with care, knowing that a larger discount is more valuable, and that your friend can actually make a nice purchase. A total of twenty-five dollars can be met by adding a Dapper Notes ($15) and an enamel pin ($10), essentially allowing your friend to earn a free pin with their first Dapper Notes purchase.

That's all, folks

Thank you so much for always providing me feedback, and always giving me the drive to experiment and create better work. I'd love to hear what you think about the changes, and if you have any suggestions to further improve meaningful rewards.

Take a look at the brand-new Rewards page, where you can sign up if you're not yet a member, and everything about the program is explained in great detail (including a newly-added TOC section).

 

See the new Rewards Page
Enon Avital urn:uuid:11113693272 August 17, 2018 August 17, 2018 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 and book cloth - and the best way to turn them into a nice looking, durable cover. The thread and decorative endsheet are then picked to match the design, but creating a great cover always comes first.

My usual process will include perusing fabric shops where I purchase a variety of samplings. When I shop, I'm not only looking for nice designs, but also consider the thickness and threading. Super thin fabrics will make for flappy unusable covers, and thicker ones end up too stiff and won't be fun to use in notebook form.

Once I pick a few fabrics, I try to find the best way to bind them onto another material to transform each one into a working cover. For most fabrics, archival glue and a book cloth backing will suffice. Thinner fabrics might require fusing with a Pellon material. I also make sample notebooks to carry around with me in my back pocket for a few days to see how they hold up.  

Batch covers are hard to make

When a notebook passes my preliminary testing, it gets added to my list of potential upcoming editions. As you may already know, I release a new Bookhead Club Dapper Notes every other month, which gives me time to experiment, and also to take a break between editions to do other things. At about three weeks before every release I go through my test notebooks and pick one that matches a befitting theme (like time of year, people in my life, or whatever feels like the right one to come out next). 

In all of my videos you see a single notebook being made from start to finish. In reality, however, I perform many of the steps in batches. When it comes to covers for example, I bind big sheets of the selected materials and only then cut them to notebook size. This process ends up saving me a lot of time, but is also a lot harder to do than first cutting to size and only then binding. 

Why is it harder to bind larger sheets? Several reasons: I need to deal with precise measurements of multiple notebooks. If I'm using glue I need to work FAST. Placing two large things together, one of which is slathered with wet glue, is really hard to do precisely, especially while working alone. Plus: after the binding is all done, I need to wait for the cover to dry just enough, but not completely because I then iron each cover individually, and then press the entire [nearly-dry] stack so that you don't end up with notebook corners that curl up.  

Sounds like a lot, and it is, but the challenge is half the fun.

What happened with Coral

The pattern I picked for edition #16 looks a lot like a dive flag, and the fabric it's made of is a relatively thin flag-like material. My preliminary testing yielded a really nice notebook, but when I made the production cover batch I made a big booboo.

As usual, I trimmed the large sheets (into strips this time because I had to transform the parallel line design into an angled one), added glue, connected the sky-blue book cloth, cut the strips to notebook size, and ironed each cover. So far so good. What I didn't pay attention to is the fact that some of the covers didn't get to the almost-dry-but-not-completely point, and I put them into my press in a wetter-than-they-should-have-been condition for an overnight flattening. 

When I opened the press the next day to run a QA inspection, I was disheartened to discover my big mistake. Many of the covers were glued to one another on both sides, so instead of notebooks covers I ended up with an unusable paperweight. 

Thankfully there were a handful more-than-enough covers to make notebooks for all Bookhead Club subscribers, so I made the decision to go ahead and create the Coral edition with the covers that were dry enough before pressing. 

What I learned

Every new notebook has taught me to pay attention to yet another detail of the bookmaking process. While a Dapper Notes might appear on the surface to be just...a notebook, there are dozens of little considerations that go into every step.

This edition taught me one big lesson, perhaps bigger than what new things I usually learn to pay attention to, but now I know to be more careful about getting to the right drying point before pressing my covers.

What this means for you

If you're a subscriber, you're all good! Your notebook is already on its way, and likely already delivered by the time you're reading this.

If you're not yet a subscriber, you might be able to score a trade for Coral with a subscriber, but there won't be any made for general sale on dappernotes.com

To not leave you empty handed on launch day, I created new variations of the Summer of Sketching edition. Coral introduced the very first lined Dapper Notes, and with the rest of the materials I had on hand for Summer of Sketching I made a few lined, graph, and blank notebooks. At the time of writing there are about a dozen of each type, but take note that since I'm now out of some of the Summer of Sketching materials, once these are gone from the site, that's it for this summer.

And if you read this far, thank you for caring about my notebooks and supporting the work that brings lots of joy (and occasional anguish) into my life.

Enon Avital urn:uuid:10846634072 May 22, 2018 May 22, 2018 Enonspiration 19

This is a special edition, and the 19th installment of #enonspiration, where I celebrate a few creatives who inspire me. Coinciding today with #GoodtypeTuesday, where the prompt is to letter their names. So I did both, carving the usual hashraa (השראה) “inspiration” in a kiwi, and lettering four artist’s names on the outside (scroll through this post to see them all). Go check them out and show them some well-deserved love:


@chen_libman 

Some of my favorite illustrations are those that inspire whimsy, but can tell a whole story in one frame. Chen’s (חן) metaphors are always on point.

 


@nyssa_skorji_art_ 

When it comes to paper crafts, there are few who are able to balance both lifelike dimensions and smooth lines, count amongst them Nyssa’s (ניסה) work.

 


@hagara_stuff 

Collages can oftentime be eccentric, yet Hagar (הגר) pulls off work that is magical, and eccentric in the most delightful way.

 


@david__goldstein 

David (דוד) is a fellow #hebrewtype artist, with a focus on precise, thin-stroked, uplifting calligraphy.

 

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Enon Avital urn:uuid:3132555293 March 14, 2018 March 14, 2018 A New and Faster Way to Get Dapper Notes in Europe

The U.S. P.remium S.lowness

This past January, new USPS rules went into effect that limited the use of their most affordable international shipping option. Instead of being weight-based like all their other offerings, one could only use that service to send actual letters. The rates for all merchandise shipments were tripled, leaving small businesses like my own in a tough spot.

I used to be able to ship internationally for about $3–$6, but after the change, shipping a single Dapper Notes to anyone outside of the US (and Canada) costs almost as much as the notebook itself. (Note for Canadians: USPS rates went up for you too, but not nearly as high as for the rest of the world)

 

 

Interestingly enough, these changes happened at a time when I noticed a major slow down in international transit times. Packages used to be delivered within a week or so to most destinations, and I'm now seeing some Dapper Notes spend over a month in limbo with no updates whatsoever. 

Making lemonade 

I am very grateful to have a friend like Stuart at Nero's Notes, thanks to whom I was able to turn this frustration into something good.

We're both happy to announce that starting with the 2018 Spring edition (that's  #14 for those counting), you'll be able to get every official Bookhead Club release faster, and with free UK shipping. If you live anywhere in the EU, you can already subscribe to the Bookhead Club directly through the Nero's Notes website.

Here's how it's going to work

Ahead of every release, a FedEx shipment full of the newest Dapper Notes edition will be making it's way over to NN. Yes, FedEx comes at a slight premium, but their packages arrive with no delays to the other side of the pond. When you subscribe to the European Bookhead Club, your order will be completely handled by the fine folk over at NN and without having to wait for USPS to play catch up. 

If you live anywhere in the UK or EU, signing up for the Bookhead Club through Nero's Notes will always be a better option for you. And yes, there will also be singles of each edition available for sale at NN.

Stuart and I set up this service because sharing the love of pocket notebooks is what we care about most. We want you to be able to nerd out with us without feeling left out, without waiting for that dreaded tracking status update, or having to spend upwards of $40 on USPS to get your items to you more reliably. 

 


If you have any questions about the new options, send me a message or say hello (and thank you) to Stuart over at Nero's Notes.

Enon Avital urn:uuid:2732261405 February 11, 2018 February 11, 2018 Behind the Scenes of this Site's Realignment

It was time. Over a year in the making but for the most part not being made at all. Until now.

This site was overdue for a makeover, and what you're looking at is the fresh coat of paint. I made a few changes while taking my break after the holiday shopping rush. Here's what I changed and why I did it:

Why the Change?

When I moved to Shopify in November 2016, I needed to get something up. Quickly. I picked the pre-made template that most closely suited my needs, added products, tidied up some settings, and launched the Shopify site without veering far from the template I chose. For the most part everything was working great, but seeing that I'm a UX designer by trade, and as they say this shoemaker's shoes needed a better fitting, I had some work to do.

Let's run with the shoemaker metaphor for a second: I was using a pair of roomy and cozy slippers every day, indoors and out. It was comfortable, but not right for where I wanted to go. What I really needed was a great pair of sneakers, shoes that could take me farther and fit my feet just so. But I didn't make a new pair from scratch. Shoes and websites aren't apples-to-apples after all. Instead I shaped, cut, sewed, and retooled my pair of slippers, turning them into the right shoes for me. 

A New Typeface

The first thing I changed was the font. At first there were two typefaces being used: a serif for headlines and body text, and a sans-serif for buttons and menu links. I liked those fonts just fine, but they never felt quite right. Plus: this website contains both Hebrew and English and when Hebrew was displayed, the previous fonts showed a fallback typeface that looked so different it was jarring (see photo below). 

Over the holiday season at work, a co-worker of mine turned me on to a lovely font family hosted by Google (always a plus for websites) called Rubik. It's a robust typeface with many weights, works great on headlines and body text, and best of all fully supports Hebrew characters. When I discovered that last part, I tested Rubik on the site and was hooked. 

Making the switch was a no brainer. Everything on the site now uses the Rubik family, with a 900 weight for headlines, 500 for buttons and subtitles, and 400 for everything else.

updated typography, before and after
Typography. Before (left), and using Rubik (right)

Design and Character

When it comes to ecommerce, there are defined design patterns that have taken shape over the years and are now the de-facto experience on the web. Try opening up the last three websites you bought something on, and you'll notice how certain things always fall into the same place and page position. This makes sense, of course - when people are used to seeing something in a certain position, that's where you should place it.

It might sound like innovation is lost, but the opposite holds true. There's always something that can make a site unique, like using stylistic touches to bring a visual voice to a brand, and that's exactly what I did. I won't list every little design tweak I've made, but one feature of note is the rounded product photos on all item listings. 

New Listing layout
Updated item listing styles

A Better Way to Explore

First impressions matter. What a revelation, I know, but the previous homepage of this site was a wreck. All I had was basically a long list of mixed items from all product categories, and it wasn't easy to tell what this site was about, and what you'd find on it.

The new homepage not only has highlights on the top, but now includes a better description of what the site is about (with a direct link to read more), smaller product listings grouped by category(!), and the latest posts from my journal. 

Beyond the homepage I also updated the main navigation links and reorganized all of the typographic items into new categories, giving as clear an impression as I can on what you'll find on this site.

New homepage
The new homepage

Mobile Interactions that Work

In the last year, over 50% of visitors that came to the site were using a mobile device. Sure, the design was always made to be responsive (resizing content for all screens), but the mobile version was plain terrible.

The main menu was hard to open, and once you did, you'd have to tap this tiny plus/minus area to get to specific pages. To address that, the very first thing I did was change the [controversial] hamburger icon to the word "menu," and expose all of the categories inside right away, making mobile exploration a breeze. 

Phone screens are pretty small, and the difference between using space well and a free-for-all layout will make or break an experience. Previously there was a TON of white-space and unnecessary padding. Opening up any page on your phone meant way more scrolling than necessary; everything just felt a wee bit...sloppy. So I dug into the stylesheets, and tightened up the spacing on every single page to make the site feel just right. 

mobile navigation, before and after
Mobile navigation, before (left) and after (right)

Better, Faster Performance

Many years ago a big online retailer discovered that when their pages loaded 100 milliseconds faster, people were less likely to leave by a significant margin. The web took note, and faster-loading pages have since become a primary concern for people developing websites. I'm lucky to be using the Shopify platform, where sites are always up and load super fast. But there's always room for improvement.

You probably won't notice it, and that's exactly the idea. If you're on a smaller screen, you'll be seeing a smaller version of every product image, and of course larger screens load a much bigger one. This matters because the larger the image, the slower it is to load. Smaller screens don't need the biggest size possible, so I made the pages a bit smarter, and as a byproduct faster too.

Taking this idea further, every product image that isn't the main one on the page will now load a few milliseconds later. This effect is known as "lazyloading," whereby things wait in a queue until the page shows all of the important stuff, and only then brings in the rest. I won't bore you with technical detail, but the idea is that everything that isn't on your screen space right away can wait a second behind the scenes, letting the important stuff show up faster for you.

example of images on product page
Larger images for larger screens

A Spotlight for the Bookhead Club

One of the two main categories of items you'll find here is Dapper Notes, my handmade notebooks. Every other month I make a new batch with a new design, which is available for sale but also automatically delivered for members of the Bookhead Club. Up until now, the page for the Bookhead Club looked like any other item listing. But it's so much more than just an item, and deserved a much better presentation.

Which is exactly what I did with a completely revised page. The Bookhead Club listing no longer looks like all the other product pages, it clearly describes what the subscription is all about, has better information about Dapper Notes, and finally got the treatment it deserves.

new bookhead club page design
Product listing (mobile, left), custom page (right)

Thanks for Reading!

TL;DR The website was ok, and I made it better.

If you spot anything on the site out of line or have ideas for improvements, I'm always up for a chat. I'm also happy to go into detail on anything here that might interest you. 

Special thanks to the Forefathers Group and Mark Brickey from Adventures in Design for being an inspiration to finally put that U in my URL (listen to this episode for an explanation).

Enon Avital urn:uuid:2651783197 February 05, 2018 February 05, 2018 Enonspiration 18

Starting up February with the 18th installment of #enonspiration, and celebrating a few black creatives who inspire me. Go check them out and show them some well-deserved love:


@dblj05 

Jarrett’s mantra “anything is possible” happens to be one of my favorite pins too. If I keep on saying it, wearing it on my heart, really believing it, and trying my damn hardest to make it true, things can seem just a bit more possible.

 

A post shared by Jarrett Jamison (@dblj05) on

 



@lvscript 

When one takes a spin on something all the way, like Leanne’s fauxligraphy, that’s when real magic starts to happen. Also: any fan of Dapper Notes gets endless high fives from me forever.

 

A post shared by LV S C R I P T (@lvscript) on

 



@graphikdesignr

Remember when in design school you had to like arrange words to convey a feeling, and it was always “meh?” Well, Danielle’s lettering is bold, deceptively simple, and radiate with feeling. She’s a master of matching character to mood.

 

 



@lwahito 

Lydia (Wahito)’s photography is the kind of stuff I could only dream to capture, but totally never will. With a bonkers good eye for vibrant colors and movement, this is hashtag in my dreams.

 

A post shared by lydia (@lwahito) on

 



@blackcoffeewithwhitefriends 

This blog was just started by Marcie, and every page on it is gold. Her writing captures so so much, and I can’t help but swallow up every word, and listen.

 

 



@adehogue 

A master of typography, Adé’s flexibility is nothing short of astounding. Visit his profile for a highlight story with many more talented black letterers to follow. And special thank you, Adé, for helping us poke small holes in all our bubbles.

 

A post shared by Adé Hogue (@adehogue) on

 

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Enon Avital urn:uuid:2395373597 January 14, 2018 January 14, 2018 2nd Anniversary Giveaway Celebration!

Thank You

On January 11th, 2016 I sold the very first Dapper Notes. Two years later I'm able to continue experimenting and making these products I love, thanks to you.

Three Gifts, Two Winners

To celebrate, I partnered with two good friends to give away two prize packages. That means two winners, with three gifts for each of you, including:

1. A Dapper Notes Notebook

Each winner will get a notebook from the first edition I made: Pinot Gwar.

2. An Excel Blades Knife

You'll also receive a gift from the best craft blade company around. Excel Blades have been in production for well over a century, just a town over from where Dapper Notes are now made. They are without question the reigning champion of quality long-lasting blades.

3. An @efdot Print

My good friend Eric Friednesohn (with whom I collaborated on the Summer of Sketching edition) is joining the celebration by giving away two prints, one for each lucky winner.

To Enter

All you need to do to enter the celebration and giveaway is subscribe to my list below, and make sure to check the "Yes" box.

Entries Now Closed

 

Winners were chosen using random.org on January 21st, 2018.

Enon Avital urn:uuid:2088566813 January 01, 2018 January 01, 2018 Enonspiration 17

Starting the year right with the 17th installment of #enonspiration, where I share people who inspire me. Go check them out and show them some well-deserved love:


@kayla_stark 

Kayla creates deceptively simple illustrations with oh-so-nice textures. Whimsical ftw!

 

A post shared by Kayla Stark (@kayla_stark) on

 



@reinasaur 

The things that Reina does with paper and light are mind bogglingly insane, and I still can’t figure out her curved edge trick. HOW DO YOU DO IT!?

 

A post shared by Reina Takahashi (@reinasaur) on

 



@hooraylorraine

The techniques that Erin Lorraine employs are what my dream work is made of. I’ll never get there, but I’ll definitely keep trying.

 

 



@lornastration 

I discovered Lorna’s work through @aidpodcast (give that episode a listen!), and been awed by her architectural recreations ever since.

 

A post shared by Lorna Brown (@lornastration) on

 



@shani.cmyk 

Bringing bright colors and solid shapes to life is no easy task, and Shani makes it look way too easy.

 

A post shared by Shani (@shani.cmyk) on

 

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Enon Avital urn:uuid:2075885597 December 30, 2017 December 30, 2017 2017 Lookback, #typewipe Edition

 2017 was a wild year in many respects. Before it began I decided to make Dapper Notes my main focus, and at years' end I'm happy to say that all my efforts have paid off. I:

Apart from Dapper Notes, spending time with my family, and doing my full-time day job, I spent a wee bit of my extra time toying with Hebrew typography, and some other artistic pursuits. I:

  • Made 126 new pieces
  • Recorded 39 of them being destroyed, for your viewing pleasure
  • Was featured by Instagram themselves to welcome to Jewish new year
  • Participated in several dozen of the weekly #GoodtypeTuesday challenges
  • Participated in nearly all of the weekly #mesimaivrit challenges
  • Made many new friends 
  • Met several of those friends in person
  • Attempted to start a big project
  • Failed to start said project
  • Fixed up my home office to make it into a more accommodating studio
  • And lots more

Following is a one-minute recap of the destructions I remembered to capture throughout the year. (links to each of the pieces that made an appearance after the jump).

Enjoy, and happy new year!

Original posts, in order of appearance:

Enon Avital urn:uuid:1934426141 December 20, 2017 December 20, 2017 Gift Wrap Your Dapper Notes with Printer Paper

When you need to gift a pocket notebook or few, all you need is: standard-sized printer paper, scissors, and tape. That's it!

Watch the step-by-step video to wrap your notebooks perfectly every time, and use these templates as your guide.

You don't have to stick to white paper. Get creative, draw on it, make it dapper.

 

Download Templates →

 

 

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Enon Avital urn:uuid:1629716509 November 23, 2017 November 23, 2017 Behind the Logos

This website started out as a place for me to sell prints of my Hebrew typography work. I eventually added notebooks (originally dubbed "Hebrew Type Books," more on that here), and now have two main categories that aren't super-related to one another, aside from the fact that it's all my handiwork.

I don't plan on separating the site into two right now, especially because it's infinitely easier for me to manage everything in one place. After all, this is a one-man operation and I'd rather focus on the work than technical maintenance. But I am doing some cleanup right now, updating things like the about page to help clarify what Hebrew Type and Dapper Notes are all about.

Here's the story behind the two circular logos you've seen on this site:

E/A Ambigram

This mark was first created in May 2011, as part of my design services rebrand. My name is Enon Avital, and I realized that the lowercase letters of my initials are almost identical to one another (in the same way the numbers 6 and 9 are). This idea is better explained visually, so here's a gif I created way back then:

 

ea ambigram explained in a gif
(see all the early "ea" explorations)

Dapper Notes

I still use this ambigram on my personal website, and now on Dapper Notes too. Here's why: When I made the first batch of notebooks for sale in January 2016, I needed something to put on the belly band for packaging. Since they were called "Hebrew Type Books", I knew I wanted to photograph them in the right-to-left position. I also knew that most - if not all - people using these notebooks would be doing so left-to-right. Turns out I was right, with some folk known to be using Dapper Notes horizontally and up-to-down.

Regardless, I had my "ea" ambigram, and as ambigrams go, flipping it upside-down is the same as right-side-up. So I added a grid onto the mark to indicate what paper you'll find inside, and voila! The Dapper Notes logo was born. 

I'm especially happy that I chose to use this mark because I literally make every single Dapper Notes on my own, by hand. In a way these notebooks are an extension of me, and I love that I get to reflect that in the logo you see on every single belly band.

Hebrew Type

The story behind this mark is similar to the ambigram's. Back in February 2015 I started exploring Hebrew lettering. I didn't know anyone else who did the same, nor did I know that there was a resurgence of interest in the Hebrew letter form. After a few months of creating stuff, I started meeting other people who were also doing #hebrewtype. Thanks to Instagram, I discovered a large community of letterers, designers, and fontographers.

On January 19, 2016 (right around the time the first Dapper Notes went up for sale) I opened up the @hebrewtype Instagram community account. I wanted to create an opportunity for better discovery, so that someone like myself who's starting out doesn't have to wait long to find the Hebrew typography scene well and booming.

The new account needed an avatar, so I made a simple-but-unique version of the script letter alef א, the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

Since this website first started out as a place for me to sell my Hebrew type prints, I chose the same alef logo to adorn the shop, and the rest is history.

Enon Avital urn:uuid:1227751453 October 22, 2017 October 22, 2017 The First Dapper Notes Stockist

I'm happy to announce that my good friends over at Pocket Notebooks UK are the very first stockists of Dapper Notes. As you already know, each edition is made in very small quantities, and I'm now making a few extras to ease shipping costs and delivery times for European Dapper Notes fans.

Here's what Stuart from pocketnotebooks.co.uk had to say:

“OK. These notebooks are going to challenge you. They are stunning. We are very lucky to be the first, and as I write, the only international vendor for Dapper Notes. The only way to guarantee your quarterly supply of these extraordinary notebooks is to subscribe directly from Enon at dappernotes.com, as I do.

“I reached out to Enon about how painful international subscriptions can be and twisted his arm to let me have an allowance this side of the Atlantic. The starting price will make your eyes water.

“These are not your run of the mill pocket notebooks. In the US, they are at the top of the price spectrum. Take small amounts and fly them over here and they get higher on that spectrum. However, they are truly limited edition, lovingly handmade and frankly, really cool.”

Check out the current stock over at
pocketnotebooks.co.uk/collections/dapper-notes

Enon Avital urn:uuid:216859209 July 16, 2017 July 16, 2017 The Making of Summer of Sketching Notebooks

New Video!

The ninth edition of Dapper Notes was made in collaboration with Eric Friedensohn, to celebrate Summer of Sketching. While constructing the notebooks, Eric shot a lot of behind-the-scenes footage, and compiled it all into this one-minute, delightful video.

If you were ever curious about how much love and care went into each and every single notebook, here's your answer.

Summer of Sketching notebooks are available exclusively via summerofsketching.com, while supplies last.

 

Enon Avital urn:uuid:216508681 July 12, 2017 July 12, 2017 New Summer of Sketching Notebooks are Underway, with a Free gift!

The first batch of Summer of Sketching Dapper Notes sold out very quickly. Unlike previous editions, this one is not a limited release but rather a timed edition. That means they'll be available through early August, at which point no new notebooks will be made.

As soon as the initial release was selling out, I started ordering materials to make a new batch. I hoped to have more ready by July 6th, but it took a little longer than I expected for the second batch of custom fabric to arrive. The new fabric was finally delivered on the 11th, and I started binding the cloth right away. I expect to have the first notebooks ready by July 14th, and will fulfill all pre-orders asap in the order they were received.

To thank you all for your patience, all preorders and new orders placed by the end of this week will also get a FREE notebook enamel pin.

To get your free pin, place your order via summerofsketching.com by Saturday July 15th Sunday July 16th at midnight EST. No codes required. Available while supplies last.

Enon Avital urn:uuid:215917321 June 19, 2017 June 19, 2017 How to Get Your Hands on a Sold Out Dapper Notes
(Dapper Notes photo by @emmibee)

Regardless of whether you're already familiar with Dapper Notes, or coming across them for the first time, one thing you'll notice right away is that a majority of the editions (if not all) are sold out.

How Dapper Notes Are Made

Roughly once every other month I create a new edition of pocket notebooks. Each one is made from a unique combination of a fabric on the outside, a colored bookcloth inside, and a tinted Japanese paper and colored thread to accent the cover design. I make one large batch before each release with enough for all Bookhead Club subscribers, and then some for general sale.

Most of the time I'll use the entirety of the fabric to make as many notebooks as possible, other times I'll have some left over. If you're looking to get a sold-out Dapper Notes, and I have enough materials to make you one...

Ask Me

Yup! That's it. Just send me a message, and if I still have materials to make the one you want, get in touch and I'll be happy to create it for you. 

Ask Around

There are several paper, pen, and notebook communities online where people trade a variety of brands including Field Notes, Word., Baron Fig, and Dapper Notes. If the edition you like is both sold out and I'm out of materials to make you a custom one, there's high chance you'll be able to get your Dapper Notes by asking some friends.

Wait for a Surprise Tuesday

Every so often on a random Tuesday I'll announce a special release of a handful of Dapper Notes for sale. These are small batches of sold out notebooks for which I still have materials to make new ones. It's basically like asking me if to make a custom edition, without the asking. These announcements are made on Instagram, so follow @dappernotes (and turn on notification alerts if that's a thing you don't mind doing).

Get One Right Away

This won't help you with finding previous editions, but newsletter subscribers get first dibs on each Dapper Notes, so if you you can get yours when a new one is announced. Better yet:

Join the Bookhead Club

Also only helpful for future releases, but signing up for a six-notebook subscription will guarantee that you'll get every single Dapper Notes ahead of the edition's release. For the price of only five notebooks and half-off shipping, the Bookhead Club subscription is certainly the best way to join me in my stationery adventures and never miss out.

Enon Avital urn:uuid:215253385 May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Enonspiration 16

This is the 16th installment of #enonspiration, where I share people who inspire me. Go check them out and show them some well-deserved love:


@lantru 

Lan’s illustrations appear simple at first glance, but theres oh so much depth in every single frame. I can’t get enough of these little stories.

 

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@alia_bright 

Alia turned quiling into an incredible and incredibly unique paper lettering style. So freaking good.

 

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@aleatoussaint

Scroll back past Alea’s fab illustrations, and you’ll discover what first got me hooked on her work: absolutely insane still life patterns.

 

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@littlepatterns 

Speaking of flowers, Maggie - a fellow web designer - inked her way into near mind blowing indtricacies. So much swoon

 

 

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Enon Avital urn:uuid:214431369 April 23, 2017 April 23, 2017 Win a Sold Out Dapper Notes

When I make my pocket notebooks, if they don't come out flawless, I won't put them up for sale, which leaves me with a handful of slightly-less-than-perfect notebooks.

What does “a little off” mean? Most of the time it’s an imperfectly-placed sewing station (that’s the hole where the needle goes in), and the final threaded notebook doesn’t have the spine line up perfectly. Other notebooks are pressed a little softer than I’d like, and some may have a slightly angled cut on the edge. All in all, these are things you may or may not notice, but they scream out to me enough that I don’t sell them as my regular line of products.

Talk about quality control.

So here’s the deal:

The latest Tab XVII edition sold out rather quickly (many of you really loved the early summer vibes), leaving a few people asking if there is any way they can still get one. So I've decided to take a few of the imperfect Tab XVII notebooks and do a little giveaway. They're not the Dapper Notes you'd normally get, but they're free and there's only one way to get one.

How do you get one? Simple:


  1. Join the loyalty program by creating an account
  2. Share a link to Dapper Notes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your blog, or anywhere else you hang online
  3. Fill out the form below

 The giveaway will close Sunday April 30th, and winner will be announced along with an announcement on the next day's newsletter.

Enon Avital urn:uuid:213331401 March 20, 2017 March 20, 2017 Paper Performance: The Dapper Notes Paper, Ink, and Graphite Test

Every Dapper Notes has the same 70lb smooth paper inside, and while it always worked well for my penciling needs, I often get asked about how they perform with fountain pens and other inks. I'm not exactly a fountain pen user, and since heard great things from both Gary Varner and Keith M., I enlisted three Dapper Notes users to test, photograph, and review their paper experiences.

Following are three lovely reviews by Keith M., Demolished Man, and Michelle Crespo (who also took the cover photo for this blog post).


Keith's Review:

"I've just recently discovered Dapper Notes a hand made pocket notebook made in New Jersey. Enon Avital make these books, and I'm really enjoying them.

"The innards are a really nice thick white paper with light grey graph (friendly to everything I've thrown at it so far: fountain pens, markers, gel, and pencil), but it's the outside that's the star. Cloth exteriors backed with book cloth, and a inner leaf of contrasting paper (the two editions I have seen to be a Japanese? Rice paper. They're hand stitched. They're released in limited batches. I have a denim and a cork version, and also managed to snag the last of his craft series. I'm impressed. These are definitely pretty, and more labor intensive than machine made book, and the price reflects that extra work, but they've been quite worth it so far.


Demolished Man's Review

"Simply the best paper I've come across. No bleed, no feather and almost no show through. And a little tooth to boot.

"This paper easily handles pencils and gel pens while also accommodating a firehose broad fountain pen. Other brands have their legends and gimmicks. You know who Im talking about. Dapper notes literally erases their relevance.

"Direction agnostic: words to live by, paper to die for.


Michelle's Review

"Browsing through Instagram last December, I came across something neoteric in the genre of pocket notebooks. Dapper Notes. Though I had a mountain of mostly unused pocket notebooks stashed away in my closet, I decided to visit the maker’s website for a quick browse. A cursory glance bespoke of quality goods, but not wanting to add to what I already had, I bookmarked the site, clicked-out and went on with my day. Why add to the stockpile? However, I found myself thinking about these handcrafted gems with its unique covers and--midway through January--I bought my first Dapper Notes Pocket Notebook.

"Oh! What an enjoyable addition Dapper Notes has been to my writing routine! With subsequent purchases and constant use, I’ve found the qualities that make Dapper Notes an exceptional brand are the very things lacking in other well-known pocket notebooks; character, quality and a warmth that handmade items always seem to be imbued with. Its excellence justifies its premium.

"The covers (durable yet fashionably handsome) inspires daily use and carry. The thread bound, 70lb paper is surprisingly smooth and much sturdier than what I’ve encountered in notebooks. And while the paper’s thickness seems to imply feathering, at most, I’ve only experienced a slight blume with very wet fountain pens--nothing noticeable. What's more, day-to-day use has shown that there is no ghosting and absolutely no bleed through, no matter the flow of the fountain pen or wetness of ink.

"Go ahead. Toss it in your backpack. Stuff it in your back or shirt pocket. Throw it in your briefcase or “everyday” purse. There’s absolutely no need to coddle it. The density of individual pages, the sturdy, pliable covers and the overall craftsmanship of Dapper Notes Pocket Notebooks insures that it will hold up over time. Still, for all its toughness, it’s the little details that pulls it all together for me: varied fabrics, the thread binding, a burst of hue behind the cover, the wisp of Onion Skin paper, the stamp and hand markings of its maker. What a delight.

"The novelty of Dapper Notes hooked me, but the make, artistry and practicality turned me into a repeat customer.


Thanks so much for the lovely reviews.

If you have questions about Dapper Notes paper or anything to add, let me know.

❤︎ Enon

Enon Avital urn:uuid:212791369 February 26, 2017 February 26, 2017 All About Fabric Notebook Covers

Out of all the things that make Dapper Notes special, one feature that stands out above the rest are the fabric covers. If you haven't seen my notebooks in person yet, let me explain:

How Dapper Notes covers are made

When I decided to create a new kind of pocket notebook, I gravitated towards fabric right away. I'd stepped into my local fabric supplier to discover an endless supply of patterns, textures, and colors, and I knew I'd be able to create many special notebooks and never run out of new ideas.

But fabric alone does not make a good cover. Even the heaviest thread count isn't thick enough to create a notebook cover that isn't flimsy. After all fabric is just...fabric. Through trial and error I learned that binding the fabric to a book cloth material not only creates a strong cover, but also gives me an opportunity to add a pop of color. 

 

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A roll of book cloth

What is book cloth?

Traditionally, hard cover books and spines are wrapped with a thin fabric-like material. Look closely at any bound book around you, and you'll notice that the wrapping material on the spine is super thin, but at the same time is really durable and withstands a lot of abuse. Curious what makes book cloth so strong? It's the backing!

Book cloth is manufactured using strong natural or synthetic fibers with a very tight weave, and has its own backing of either paper or glue. The backing is there for two purposes:

  1. It creates a strong, unrippable fabric
  2. When you bind it to a book, the glue won't seep through

 

Cutaway of Dapper Notes covers, before sewing into a notebook 

Connecting the two

Creating a new Dapper Notes cover takes a little bit of time, and a lot a bit of experimentation. It's true that my local fabric shop has thousands of options, but not all can be used to make a Dapper Notes cover. The perfect material has to be not too thick (like canvas), not too thin (like silk), and woven well enough so that it doesn't fall apart (like satin). 

When I find a material that seems promising in terms of its durability, and has a design or texture that makes me swoon, I create a notebook for myself to carry, use, and test. If the fabric works well and stands up to my daily use abuse, it gets made into the next Dapper Notes edition. 

Next, I bind the fabric to book cloth using archival ph-neutral glue. Once each sheet has been glued, smoothed, pressed, and dried, I cut perfectly-sized covers for one-by-one assembly. 

 

(from left) A brand new Syrah Syrah edition. My personal well-used, well-loved notebook

Standing the test of time

If you use pocket notebooks like I do — carrying them in your pocket, bending them, tossing into a bag, and using them every day — you're probably well versed in how they age. Traditional paper cover notebooks, for example, have a tendency to crease, and their covers fall off.

Dapper Notes stand the test of time in their own unique way. Fabric naturally doesn't crease like paper does, and the linen thread binding guarantees a cover that will always stay on. At the same time, fabrics fray, as do the edges of some Dapper Notes editions. The effect will vary greatly by material, but once you use you Dapper Notes for a while, some threads will wiggle their way out.

 

Natural character of The Runner edition

I intentionally don't seal the edges of Dapper Notes, because I have a fondness for the fraying as a sign of a well-loved notebook. You can, if you prefer, either seal your Dapper Notes ahead of time with this specialty liquid, or snip the longer frays using a small scissor. 

Whichever way you use your Dapper Notes, know that they are made with love and attention, and will last you a long, long time.

Enon Avital urn:uuid:215253577 May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Enonspiration 15

This is the 15th, and a very special edition of #enonspiration, where I share people who inspire me. I normally talk about a handful of creatives, but today is dedicated to the one and only, my beautiful wife @elishevasa on our 10th wedding anniversary.

If anyone has ever inspired me, it’s Elisheva. She taught me how to think critically, empathize, get through the rough times, and laugh at even the craziest of situations. Plus: everything you see me post on here would never have happened without her support. She inspires me to create, and grow, and be a better person, father, and friend. Happy anniversary, my love. To ten, and many more!

Why the aluminum foil? The traditional tenth anniversary gift guides suggest something made of tin of aluminum. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Enon Avital urn:uuid:211323977 January 06, 2017 January 06, 2017 Enonspiration 14

My last new Instagram post for 2016 is a sweet one. Bittersweet, actually, but let’s not get technical with the chocolate, shall we?

This is the 14th installment of #enonspiration, where I share people who inspire me. Go check them out and show them some well-deserved love: 


@__wrk__ 

A powerhouse of a shop, creating the most insane paper work and shadow play. Swoon. 

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@sweetstellaoh 

Looks like this was a big year for miniatures and food, like Amy’s teeny weeny yummy little [non] edibles. So good.

 



@heyykristen

I’ve been a huge fan of Kristen’s paper sweet for quite sometime. The stuff she does with a simple fold is just astounding. I’m astounded.

 



@dylanfantillustration 

No one does swirly ink patterns as well as Dylan can, time and time again. Hashtag ink crush

 

 

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Enon Avital urn:uuid:211172169 January 01, 2017 January 01, 2017 This Just In: The Paper Chronicles Review
"The Cadillac of notebooks"
"Elevating pocket notebooks to new heights"
"Bergdorf Goodman all the way"

These are some of the things Sarah of the famed Paper Chronicles called Dapper Notes, and I couldn't be more delighted. What a way to end 2016.

Go have a read, comment, share, spread the love, and receive my utmost appreciation.

Thank your for shopping small and for your support this holiday season.

❤ Enon

Enon Avital urn:uuid:211172553 January 01, 2017 January 01, 2017 From the Dapper Notes Family to Yours, Happy Gifting!

Keep that just-opened gift-ey feeling all year long with The Bookhead Club: You get six editions of Dapper Notes, delivered every other month, and like one of our subscribers said, it's:

"a ray of sunshine in [your] mailbox."

Thank your for shopping small and for your support this holiday season.

❤ Enon

P.S. Check out the new Facebook and Instagram accounts, dedicated to all things Dapper Notes

Enon Avital urn:uuid:211151241 December 30, 2016 December 30, 2016 How Dapper Notes Are Made

Well, this isn't the step-by-step how to make Dapper Notes from scratch.

It's a video!

For the sixth edition, The Runner, I filmed my process of putting together the notebooks from start to finish, and cut the clips into a sixty second video.

In real life, each notebook takes about a half an hour to cut, bind, sew, press, shear and package.

♥︎ Enon

Enon Avital urn:uuid:199446537 September 20, 2016 September 20, 2016 Dapper Notes: Behind the Name

Dapper Notes weren't always named that way.

How My Pocket Notebooks Were Born

Back in 2013 I was working on a print and tee business with a good friend of mine. We had lots of clever copy, and some fab lettering to go with it, but we wanted more; to make more than just tees and prints. We wanted to create something unique that no one else had done.

Our experiments led us to pocket notebooks, and to the first iterations of what eventually became Dapper Notes. Back then we called them "Implausibooks." I'm not exactly sure what we though implausible about these notebooks, nevertheless, I still think that name has a sweet ring to it.

Taking A Twelve Month Pause

As some things go, that business wasn't destined to last. Life became, well, life-ey, and Implausibooks were put on hold, indefinitely. I guess you could say they were implausible, after all.

February of 2015 brought on the next chapter of my creative pursuits. I started lettering in Hebrew, and sharing my results on Instagram. The response was great, my account grew, and I found myself playing with #dimensionaltype more and more. People liked those Hebrew typography designs I'd made, and asked for prints to hang in their homes. That was when I first opened shop online.

The Real Deal Finally Comes Around

After a while the same itch returned, that one to create more tangible goods beyond just prints and tees. Well, not tees, but you get the idea; it was time for something new. So I decided to revisit the Implausibooks formula, and see where it leads me.

Suffice to say, my experiments resulted in some of the finest, most giftable notebooks I've ever seen. I knew I was on to something, and put the first few batches online for sale. 

Since I placed them in my Hebrew Type shop, I called them "Hebrew Type Books." All of the original designs sold out right away, and I found my non-print groove.

Pivoting to "Dapper Notes"

Hebrew Type Books were well-received, but over the first year of crafting them, the number one and two questions I was always asked were: “What about ‘Hebrew Type Books’ is 'Hebrew' or 'type'-related?” and “Do I have to use them right-to-left?”

Well, the answer is not exactly. You can use them in either direction, and there isn't anything particularly Hebrew nor type-esque about them.

So starting December 2016 I renamed my handmade pocket notebooks for good. They are now called Dapper Notes, the same great materials and construction as Hebrew Type Books, but with a name that everyone can understand. Basically:

"New package, same great taste."

Why "Dapper Notes"?

First of all it's a pretty snappy name and fun names tend to be more memorable. So there's that. More importantly, though, I wanted to choose a name that reflects what my notebooks are about, and in one word can convey what's special about them. They are quite dapper, they make a great gift for dapper folk, and they can be paired with an outfit like a pocket square.

Dapper indeed.

Plus: Dapper Notes aren't just a notebook but also an accessory, and the new name reflects exactly that.

Follow Dapper Notes

You can share Dapper Notes with this handy url: dappernotes.com, follow the new Instagram account @dappernotes (there's a Facebook page and Twitter account too, if that's where you hang out), and tag your photos #dappernotes for a chance to win the secret fan edition.

I hope this change clears things up, and gives everyone the right, dapper feeling.

♥︎ Enon

Enon Avital urn:uuid:211172425 January 01, 2017 January 01, 2017 Happy Thanksgivaway

If you're reading this, I'm thankful for you

(I wish that were my quote)

Thank you for being a part of my Hebrew Type journey, I wouldn't be even close to where I am today without your support, cheering on, sharing my work with your friends, and just being awesome in general.

I'm celebrating today in a special way

For ThanksGIVING, I'm doing just that: giving something away. Not just anything but a handmade lettering piece of whatever word (or name) you choose. In fact, I'm giving two of these, one to the drawn winner, and another to their tagged friend.

Check out my post on Instagram for details, and enjoy your day. I'll be back next week with really exciting announcements. Pinky swear.

❤︎ Enon

Enon Avital urn:uuid:211323785 January 06, 2017 January 06, 2017 Enonspiration 13

This is the 13th installment of #enonspiration: where I share people who inspire me. Go check them out and show them some well-deserved love: 


@annakevillejoyce 

Anna shoots for both color and light play, and her food (and #foodtype) photos are spot on. Every time. Swoon.

 



@wa.deen 

Speaking of good shadow games, Wale captures one-frame stories, basically the hardest thing in photography, and makes it looks effortless. So good. 

 

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@tzipora.il 

As intense as Tzipora’s photos get, there’s always a feeling of nostalgia, a dash of longing, and something that leaves me wanting more. Please explain. –

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@davidfigueroaphoto

Street photography can easily be meh, but when it’s done right, like what David does, you're basically transported to the city, to that captured moment. ❤️ Love

 

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Enon Avital urn:uuid:211151497 December 30, 2016 December 30, 2016 Making the First Set of Notebooks

This video is from when Dapper Notes were first made, at a time when they weren't yet called Dapper Notes (more on that here).

Enjoy this behind-the-scenes process video, and a glimpse into the first video I ever edited:

 

♥︎ Enon

Enon Avital urn:uuid:211322185 January 06, 2017 January 06, 2017 Enonspiration #1

Taking a queue from the brilliant @jackstandbridge, השראה means inspiration. I’ve been receiving a lot of love, and wanted to share a few people who inspire me too.

@holytypo

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Super crisp Hebrew designs; has a keen eye for well-paired color combinations


@silvia_lana_

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A fellow food type artist, experimenting in English in all sorts of innovative ways


@dd_kfir

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Lots of fun doodles with both Hebrew and German sprinkled in. Also created an illustrated alphabet for AlefAlefAlef


@riotkid89

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A self-described “minimalist survivor,” with lots of great English type work


@bellabetiato

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Another spicy typer, making letters from mounts of grains