The code&quill notebook is advertised as designed by creatives for creatives and thinkers. Pages on the left side are dotted grid paper, meant for sketches and wireframes. Pages on the right side are indentation ruled, meaning its ruled paper but has little ticks at the bottom which marks as “indents”. The indentation ruled pages are meant for notes and code.
- Paper type: Dotted grid and indentation ruled paper
- Acid-free, fine grain paper
- 5.5” x 7.7”
- Paper quality: 100 GSM
- 192 pages
- Lay flat binding
- Assembled in China
- Price: 19.99 USD
I first found this notebook through Kickstarter and wanted to give them a try because of the half dot grid and half indentation rule pages. I like the idea of being able to plan out the product, wireframes or architecture on one side. Then being able to write notes on the indentation rule paper beside it. However, personally I don’t think I would write code in the notebook. Possibly pseudo-code, so the indentation is still useful.
Testing the Notebook
After testing it out for a couple of months. I have to say the paper quality is great, comparable to some of the best notebook paper I have used so far. I tested writing on the page with different pens and markers. They all did fairly well and none of them bled through to the next page. The paper is smooth to write on and didn’t cause any problems for me. The indentation lined pages really helped with my notes as well. I didn’t use it to write code, but I found that I naturally used the indents to align my list and words when needed. Which in turn kept my notes looking pretty neat and organized.
I also like that the pages had a clear “border”, and they were equal for both the dot grid paper and indentation rule paper. This was important to me, if you have read my review on the Miliko notebooks, uneven pages was not something I would use professionally. It was clear where the dot grid and indentation rule paper started and ended. The lay flat binding also worked pretty well, the paper was able to lay fairly flat regardless of which page you were on.
The one problem I have with the code&quill notebook is the cover. I am unsure what kind of material the cover is made of, it has this “leathery” feel to it. But the pattern on it is bumpy, like bubbles. Maybe it was made so that there is more grip to it? I’m not sure but I personally do not like it. I prefer the smoother Moleskine and Leuchtturm covers. The other thing was there were no page numbers or way to index the pages. This made it harder for me to look through and find the page that I needed. I have read that some people would prefer a ribbon or something similar to bookmark the page. Others have mentioned it would be useful to have a pocket folder to store miscellaneous items.
Overall, this is definitely a great notebook for creatives. The alternating dot grid and indentation rule pages made it easy to sketch concepts and write down any notes or comments on the next page. The paper quality and layout was really good. I like that the spacing of the borders were even. The only problems I had was the cover and I needed a way of indexing pages.