Digital

Journaling with Day One

I don't normally review apps, to be honest I'm not app adventurous at all, but sometimes you find an app that works for you and genuinely changes the way you do things. Day One is a classic example of that. I downloaded Day One out of curiosity. I'd seen people rave about its use and versatility so I wanted to try it out for myself. Journaling apps are not normally part of my setup, I don't use them and find them more a fad rather than a useful tool, but Day One is something else. 

The huge selling point for me is the inclusion of photos to a location, date, time and temperature, if that tickles your fancy. You can tag events and keep track of small and big moments through a quick journal log. This feature is great if you're travelling or like me going through a home renovation project. Below shows a screen shot of photos I have taken to track the progress on our bathroom renovation. I love this aspect as you can really see how much progress has been made on a project over a matter of days or weeks.  

Yes on the 9th Dec there was a hole in my ceiling. This was not supposed to be there! 

Yes on the 9th Dec there was a hole in my ceiling. This was not supposed to be there! 

As this blog shows I am an advocate of analogue tools. Pen and paper are a part of my daily routine and are very, very unlikely to ever be replaced. There's something about Day One that enhances my analogue tools allowing me to add a photo to a thought or place that I cannot do with my pen and paper.

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The interface on Day One is lovely. I love the simplicity of the design and everything you need is accessible right there on the app home screen. You can customise the app to your requirements, sync to the cloud or export to a PDF if you require. This is all useful and the cloud backup is good but pretty standard. You don't really need to customise anything within this app, it's good to use right from download. 

I don't use Day One on a daily basis. Scrolling back through my timeline I have recorded Englands performance in the World Cup (they were dire), work frustrations, holiday photos, a bucket list, the birth of my niece, a good day here on the Finer Point and renovations of our new home. Some of these are trivial, some more poignant, but what matters here is that this app allows me to look back at these things and remember the finer points. My phone is always by my side, my vast array of filled notebooks are not.  

I would highly recommend this app to anyone. I predominately use this on my iPhone but apps are available for the iPad and Mac too so you can record your thoughts on all devices. There is definitely a place for a productivity app such as this in any pen addicts set up.  

Baron Fig Interview - Tools and Toys

Today I caught up with some of my online reading and the below quote resonated with me from the Baron Fig Interview with Tools and Toys: 

You guys are “designers, illustrators, writers, entrepreneurs and the like”. I’m curious to know what your own relationship between the digital and the analog looks like.

Joey: In my mind, there is little differentiation between digital and analog. My primary concern is using the best tool for the job. In the case of ideation and brainstorming, a blank page is simply the best way to go.

Adam: Both digital and analog have their highly beneficial uses. With digital products you have an entire world of information at your fingertips. For looking up ideas and communicating this is extremely useful. But for pure thinking and brainstorming that flexibility is often a distraction. When I really want to think, I put away all the digital objects and sit with a pen and a notebook, and write down a stream of thoughts. For me, a lot of big thinking is done away from digital.

 

I am a fan of the Baron Fig notebooks and completely agree with their creators perspective on how we treat analogue and digital tools. You can read the full interview here.

Digital meets Analogue

With The Finer Point being in it's early days I did not want to dwell too much on reviews. Therefore I thought I would use this post to give a quick run down of the digital and analogue tools that I use on a day to day basis. I have been a fan of technology for some time and due to my professional work life appreciate how technology has changed peoples everyday lives. I also love the humble world of pens and paper, sometimes technology is just not needed. This post is a load out of what I am using right now on an every day basis. 

MACBOOK AIR

My trusty MacBook Air. It's love

My trusty MacBook Air. It's love

My MacBook Air is a new toy and therefore is currently getting a lot of attention. This is my second Apple laptop but my first Air. I love Apple products from a design perspective but even more so I love how everything just works. I don't need to be a computer genius or load a ton of software onto my device to get started. With Apple it all just works. I am a part time student and my MacBook Air is vital to remote studying and getting my assignments written and submitted. 

The every day carry set up

The every day carry set up

iPHONE

My iPhone is all about taking photos, listening to podcasts (most of which are pen related) and keeping up to date in the social world. You may have guessed I am a bit of an Apple fan. I never get tired of the iPhones. They may not be the most advanced phone on the market but without mine I feel lost.

FIELD NOTES

As you may have noticed from my first review I am a fan of Field Notes. These guys come with me everywhere and I am rarely found without one. Sometimes typing a note on your phone, with the automatic spell checker changing what you've written, just doesn't cut it. If you need to draw something or sketch out an idea pen and paper is the only way to do it. This is where Field Notes comes in. For me you can't beat it. They're not too big, not too small and it really doesn't matter if they get beaten up. Paper quality on the whole is pretty good depending on which edition you may be using. The seasonal releases keep everything interesting and get everyone talking. Such a simple idea but a great concept and something which has become a vital part of my set up. 

MUJI 0.5 GEL INK PEN

With a Field Notes must come a pen, and at the moment my go to pen is a Muji 0.5 gel ink pen. There is no bleed, lines are crisp and look great on the page. I picked these pens up on a whim some time ago and didn't really use them but the more I do the more I love them. 

FIELD NOTES PENCIL

I find myself using a pencil a lot more these days. Pencils have never been something I have used a lot in the past as I can never find one I like. I don't like too harsh a line, I hate sharpening them constantly and I don't want something that will smear. As a result I didn't really bother. However as part of my studying scribbling in my text books is a necessary evil and I hate doing it in pen in case I make an error. Pencils have become something I am more interested in for sure. I have just ordered the Palomino Collection pack from pencils.com, which suggests my fascination is growing. 

DROPBOX

To be truly digital everything has to be in the cloud, right? I use Dropbox for pretty much all of my documents these days. Access from other devices has proved useful to me in the past and I like the idea that if my laptop breaks, it shouldn't be an issue. I don't use add any media onto my Dropbox account purely because of space (that all gets backed up on an external hard drive). 

 

Working with all of these things together I think I have a pretty good combination between the digital and the analogue. Over the years I have tried to go purely digital and keep everything online or in the cloud. Turns out it really doesn't work well for me and for what I need to do. Sometimes putting down the phone or laptop and sitting with my Field Notes means I come up with better ideas and find new ways of managing things.