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.
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.
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.
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.
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.