Today we are briefly examining 10 notebooks and sketchbooks that are perfectly suited for you as a web designer. While you might do a lot of work on the computer, it can be nice to sit back with a notebook or sketchpad and get the rough design going with a pen and paper.
Our collection here includes both different and similar types of notebooks and sketchbooks so make sure you look at them all to find the one(s) you like the most!
Moleskine makes some of the most loved notebooks by creative people in the world. They are beautifully designed in that they are very simplistic. Another bonus with the Moleskine is that they come in a wide range of formats depending on what you need. I like to keep a plain notebook around simply because I can both write and draw in it.
You might also want to consider their storyboard version which can easily be adapted for webdesign drawing.
The Web Design Sketchbook contains pages for both drawing and planning. First in the sketchbook are design and content planning questions to help to nail objectives and structure while then featuring brainstorming pages with browser chrome and grids.
What’s particularly neat with this is that they offer you a full downloadable version of it if you want to print it out yourself. If you prefer to get it spiral bound, you can buy the printed sketchbook directly from them.
Another option with a sketchpad including a browser chrome on each page is the UI Stencils Browser Sketch Pad. However, it isn’t the paper pad that gets me the most excited, but their Website Stencil Kit that includes stencils of nice UI icons to use in your sketches.
While the Stencil Kit is fairly expensive, it is nice to work with and for someone who can’t draw very well, it ups my sketches and makes it easier for my clients to see what I have in mind.
As part of the 960.gs download, you get a folder with sketch sheets that you can print out using your own printer. They include two versions of all their column layout. One page with a big browser chrome and space for notes and one four-up display with the same info.
Paper Browser is another print yourself wireframing tool. It has two types of pages, one quick sketch with just a dotted grid and some base guidelines for helping you get the main wireframe done. A second browser sketch page is offered with a grid layout and full browser chrome to help you design the finer elements of the website.
They are also taking pre-orders for a physical notebook if you want to carry something bigger with you. It looks elegant and is one that I am definitely ordering once it comes out.
There are many notebooks to choose from and you might need to try a few before finding your own favorite. Do you have another favorite than anyone that we listed? Let us know in the comments!