Nothing better than pen and paper!

In this fascinating feature FastCo enjoy a peek inside the working notebooks of 16 prolific designers - and curate their thoughts on the value of generating ideas and fleshing out concepts on paper as well as what makes a sketchbook great.

Erik Spiekermann shares "[My favorite notebook is] from Manufactum. It has lots of pages of very light, slightly yellow paper (60 gsm), it's very flexible, and it has two reading bands. The edges are painted silver."

Terrance Weinzierl (Typeface Designer, Monotype) says  "I’m always impressed with illustrated sketch notes and OCD color-coded grid system note keeping. But it’s just not my style. It’s not how my brain works. I keep two specific books. Actually, I have a book for each brain hemisphere, a right side and a left side. I’m a casual sketchbook user, usually a Strathmore acid free, hardcover, 8.5 by 11 inches. I naturally draw letters between one- and three-inches high, so I find the larger size better for what I draw most often."

"I always keep a daily planner, and have been for more than 10 years straight. My middle school teachers would be proud. I use this to track things like to-do lists, appointments, and notes. I’m in love with Passion Planner because of the layout, focus on goal planning, and the little Zen tidbits. This is pretty meta, but it’s a goal of mine to have one of my typefaces used in a daily planner."

"As a bonus, I take those tiny little pocket-sized notebooks with me to AIGA talks or conferences for quick notes. In general, I find taking notes with a computer or phone too distracting for me. Something always comes up. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer when it comes to notebooks. You just have to figure out what works best for you, and what you’re working on. I read some productivity advice once, and one of the bullets was 'Your memory sucks.'"