Baron Fig is on another roll full of beautiful new editions. The Computerworld Vanguard books are colorful and perfectly produced, and we talked about them on Episode 96 of Erasable.
The first Baron Fig product I ever used was an Apprentice, the former range of pocket notebooks. I love the dimensions and paper, and I was a little disappointed that the limited edition Vanguards always come in the “flagship” size (near A5). I had all of the Apprentice series, aside from the tri-color set given to visitors to the studio in New York. The Seer is one of the loveliest pocket notebooks I’ve ever filed.
The newest release is Atomic, a return to the old Apprentice books that I loved from three-ish years ago. I read on Facebook from Joey that these were produced before the re-brand (of Apprentice into the Vanguard line, which comes in three sizes). Therefore, the older paper (which I still like) is in these books, but the design looks fresh. The color is perfect. Everything that I loved about the Maker Apprentice is true here. The dotgrid is perfect.
I have mentioned the “off” stitching on Erasable before, but Baron Fig has gotten their manufacturing to the point that the Vanguards come out looking about as perfectly as books can look. Computerworld has perfect stitching, perfect cuts, perfect corners. It’s really impressive. I wonder, if the Atomic is successful, if they might bring back the limited edition Apprentice books. With their new paper and new QC, these would challenge any other brand of pocket notebooks.
(These notebooks were kindly provided to me free from the folks at Baron Fig, but the opinions are my own.)
I almost feel badly for posting this, since the books have sold out while this post has sat in the queue, as I was busy moving over the last couple of weeks. But I think that exhibiting the interesting books the folks at Baron Fig keep coming up with justifies what probably amounts to a Teasing Post.
The Work/Play edition has the same features as the regular Confidant (which I still don’t own for some reason). I love the paper in Baron Fig books for pencil, and I am especially fond of the spacing/darkness of their dotgrid.
And this book has it. On the left, you have dotgrid paper. On the right, you have a blank page. The Maker edition came in a darker grey than the regular Confidant, and the natural move is to black here.* The bookmark is white, and the effect is striking.
Keeping in line with the other hardcover offerings from Baron Fig, the box is really a part of the product. While I enjoyed the Juggler’s box, this one takes the proverbial (coconut) cake. The graphics are so fantastic that I might have thought twice about opening the box if I had to destroy this artwork to get to the book inside.
Sorry to tease, but you never know if you might find another stationery fan to trade with — maybe we can even talk Adam and Joey into printing another run of these. I’m not sure about the size of printing, but these went very quickly. If you find one somewhere, snatch it up! (Caroline might have some IRL.)
(We were sent this book for review for free — thanks to Adam and Joey for keeping us in the loop!)
The good folks at Baron Fig sent a set of their new Maker edition books to HQ recently, and this is just perfect, since I am staring down the last two dozen pages of my current journal.
I’ve ranted about this paper being Super Graphite Friendly on the Erasable Podcast on more than one occasion. The soft white paper is wonderful on the eyes and fits well with grey writing. While I enjoy the contrast of a very white page, sometimes the soothing paper fits well with the fainter grey of a pencil (vs. a very black pen). The texture is perfect for less-soft pencils. My German HB pencils get more use with this book, and when your humble blogger here grabs a pen first, the paper loves gel pen as much as it loves the Better Angel of graphite.
I find these books to be extremely relaxing. I have a Pandora station called “pencils and flannel” which revolves around mellow music I enjoy while writing in my journal at night. I curl up on my graphite colored couch with headphones and something caffeinated, with an assortment of pencils, and I just write for a spell. I am finishing up the Three-Legged Juggler Confidant that I received for Christmas. The soft paper and tactile cover fit perfectly with a wind-down session at the end of the day, and I imagine these books would be friendly companions for morning pages as well.
The covers are fabric-covered, with the fabric being super tight. The lack of stiff backing in the spine really does allow these books to open fully. Completing the Lap Effect, the backing that is in the covers is extremely stiff. I often sit and write on one of those large clipboards used by Comrades with actual Artistic Talent, and this is unnecessary with a Confidant. The Maker edition is several shades darker than the “regular” Confidant. I don’t own a regular one; so I can’t take a comparison photo. But this is a similarly mellow grew, just more…Pencilicious.
The new Maker Apprentice is darker also, coming in with a nice, warm grey. These put me in mind of a muggy, rainy day. They make me want some strong iced coffee with condensed milk. These little books are handy for toting around, and they have a lot of pages. This makes Charlotte happy, when she forgot to bring something to color in and mooches Daddy’s supplies. I have beaten one of the Lightbulb edition books up pretty badly, and it stayed Healthy and Strong. I enjoy the contrasting stitching.
A lot. The gold bookmark on the Confidant got me when it came out. These are some of the touches that set Baron Fig apart.
Many thanks to Baron Fig for the review samples! Get one of these while the getting is good. These don’t last forever.
This might be one of the most simple and beautiful looking notebooks I have ever seen: Baron Fig. Read more about the specs here.
“There isn’t a sketchbook or notebook out there that we feel truly understands how those of us use them on a daily basis. After a lot of searching over nearly two decades we decided to make the book that we want to use. We’ve created many prototypes and are ready to place our first order for manufacturing—and that’s where we need your help. Without a significant amount of orders the manufacturers cannot make any books at all.
We’re a small group of thinkers (designers, illustrators, writers, entrepreneurs and the like) that love to sit down with a notebook or sketchbook and give birth to interesting thoughts and ideas. While today’s digital age is fantastic—we love technology—we’ve found that our best work always starts on paper.”
Check out their Kickstarter, which is close to having the goal met already.