When it finally works, so that you step back and let your shoulders fall and you breathe, look—look how you made something just right.
Utility, in the true sense of the word, is stunning in its simplicity and refinement. When you need a notebook, we have a notebook. It's a very good notebook, and not entirely what you might expect. Fewer pages of superior quality seemed an obvious choice; a team member remarked that by page two-hundred thirty of our competitors' books, the volume would be in such poor condition … It was a question worth considering: When does a notebook turn? Is it before page two-hundred thirty or does it stick with you until you've spent that last drop of ink? We queried friends and settled on 132 pages of exceptionally opaque, extrathick, quality vellum, in a 9.25 × 7.25 format (a size that nests perfectly with an iPad). Artifacts' 80 lb text weight (120 gsm) pages are 50 percent heavier than Leuchtturm’s 21 lb bond and 71 percent heavier than Moleskine’s 19 lb bond. Also unique to Artifacts is that our books are made in the US. Our pages are of 100 percent recycled (30 percent post-consumer waste), FSC™ certified stock.
We hold to an exacting technique for rendering patterns; each is an exercise in forbearance. The inks are transparent and overlap to make new colors (most prominently in the plaids). We spent days switching out palates before arriving at a solution, and then we second-guessed ourselves and gave the process another round; the result was superior.
What we want to impress upon you is that what is simple and obvious was intensely laborious, and then came the moments when we quietly stepped back and said, look.
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