- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub (13 February 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1495490440
- ISBN-13: 978-1495490446
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 0.9 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,89,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dot:grid Designbook: A5 Paperback – Import, 13 Feb 2014
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1. The dot grid - while gray - is several shades too dark for my taste.
2. The pages aren't bound quite square/90° and since the dot grid runs full bleed, the non-parallel binding runs the top-most and right-most lines of dots off the edge of the page. This is definitely not a "functional" obstruction to writing on any page (since the dot grid lines are 100.0% parallel to each other), but the misalignment of the grid to the edges of the paper is definitely something that draws my attention on *every* page of the notebook.
-The A5 size is perfect! It is the same size as a Hobonichi Cousin planner, but thinner (less pages). It fits in most purses, and isn't too small that every page seems cramped. Also a good number of pages (160).
-The paper is also of a nice quality. Not super thick, but not so thin it's almost see through (like the Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook A5 Hardcover Dotted Medium Black).
-The "matte laminate" covers is minimalistic and stylish. According to the company website, it repels water. I found this to be true.
-The grid is the perfect size for me. I've tried using the Miquelrius Soft Bound Medium Journal, 300 Sheets/600 Graph Pages, Blue but the grid is SO TINY (3mm I think). This one is just right.
-Not only made in the USA, but MADE TO ORDER. (I didn't realize this until I looked inside the back cover. There's a date of manufacture, and it was the same day I ordered it! Awesome!)
-As much as I love the look of the "matte laminate" covers, it always looks dirty to me. The oils off my fingers are constantly leaving marks and it really did start to bug me, so I covered the entire front cover with black/white washi tape. I left the back uncovered as I'm still deciding whether to keep it as is.
-The grid paper is not 100% perfectly flush to the edge. The grid itself is flawless, but -- probably due to the nature of the binding -- there is a very slight variance in how flush the grid is to the edge. Nothing major, but I know it would bug some.
-The paper is not fountain pen friendly. I use Copic Multiliner SP Black Ink Marker, 0.2 Tip and Sharpie Pen Fine Point Pen, 6 Colored Pens (1751690) and they work just fine, with minimal shadowing through the next page.
This is one of the best "bang for your buck" that I have found for bullet journaling. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of, say, a Moleskine or Leuchtturm1917, but it is simple and does it right. It does have a few issues, but it is definitely still my favorite of all the notebooks I've tried for this purpose so far.
Product came in a great condition.
The only thing about the notebook is that the pages may not hold well with deeply pigmented ink; therr are noted slight shadows seen behind the paper after writing with darker colored ink. But this doesn't really bother me too much.
It comes as a paperback, which can mean that it wouldn't be as durable as how a hardcover would be. If you are thinking of a long term notebook and durability-wise, maybe you may want to reconsider buying this.
Overall, I give the product 5/5 stars. It comes at a reasonable price for a great quality. I would buy again for doodling or note-taking. The dotted grid lines help make my notes neat.
This comes in several sizes, the A5 is great - about the size of an iPad mini. Paper is good quality. This is more of a journal - the pages will not rip out easily or cleanly. There is another company, the Ecoqua Dot Notebook 5.8X8.25, that makes one that is almost identical and the pages are designed to easily, cleanly tear out like a pad of paper.