Midori Traveler's Notebook SketchnoteArmy Review

Midori Travelers Notebook, unwrapped. Simple beauty.

Almost everyone here knows about Midori Traveler's Notebook. For those who don't here is a quick description.

Midori is a Japanese brand who produce top quality paper products and stationery since 1950. One of the most successfull products in their range is the Traveler's Notebook. The majority of the owners of this notebook simply call it Midori, and so do we.

Beloved by lots of sketchnoters and doodlers across the world, its concept is to be "a notebook to accompany the user on their every day journey through life." Its first appearence on the market was back in March 2006. Since then, Midori has been the notebook of choice for a huge number of people of all ages.

Midori is, in fact, "a system". It comes in 2 sizes: regular (H218mm x W130mm) and passport (H134mm x W105mm). The starter kit includes a cotton bag, a leather cover, a blank notebook and spare rubber band. As you can see on their website there is a whole range of accessories to customize your Midori.

And this is the secret of its success: customization! People at Midori ar very proud of this and they set a special section in their website where you can find tons of incredible hacks and inspirations.

Mauro's Experience.

First of all, the exact moment it land on you desk you realize almost instantly that it is something special. It's a pleasure to unpack it, savoring each one of those tiny details.

Midori Travelers Notebook just arrived this weekend. My #Midori traveler's notebook is arrived!!! cc @maccymacx @provence_dessinauteur @rohdesign


Then you start thinking how to customize it, how to make it yours. Here are a couple of pictures of a pen holder I created.


Sewing the elastic band - #Midori  hacks #Midori pen holder hack

And here a short timelapse video about how our friend Dr. Makayla Lewis hacked her Midori: 


Once you finish hacking, it's time to put your Midori to work. And this is where I encountered my challenge: I fell into the "this is so beautiful and I must only use it for something special" syndrome. 


Use it, love it, live it. The more you use it, the more beautiful it becomes. Finally I broke the ice and I fully enjoied the quality of Midori paper. I love the texture and even found it works very well with my Lamy Safari. My go-to pens for Midori are Sakura Micron 0.3 and 0.5 and Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint 0.5 . 

Design Thinking course notes on #Midori #todaysdoodle Few more hours to fix magic moments on my #Midori Requiem for a fantastic strudel #Midori #todaysdoodle Plose: my favorite water ever!

Ivan Seymus's Experience

And now I would like to introduce our friend Ivan Seymus. Here is a superb video about his Midori Traveler's Notebook.


Mike Rohde's Experience

Finally, here is a note from Sketchnote Army founder Mike Rohde about his experience with his Midori:

"When I first opened my Midori, I was impressed with the feel of the leather and the unique tall, narrow shape of the book. I wasn't sure how the Midori might fit into my workflow, so I decided to carry it along for a few months and experiment.

I used it for various things I might use another sketchbook for: taking notes in a meeting about a project, sketching ideas for a logo, exploring book illustration concepts and capturing sketchnotes from sermons. It was an interesting experience.

Sermon Sketchnote

The more I used the book, the more I appreciated the MD paper that's great for ink or pencil, the thick leather cover and simple elastic strap and that only looks more awesome the more use it gets. It's quirky in a very lovable way.

Logo Sketches

Through my experiment I've realized that the tall size isn't ideal for the way I work, and that the Passport size would be perfect for me, because it fits perfectly with the Hobonichi Techo logbook and its leather cover I've had made for it.

My advice with new books and pens: try them out and experiment! You'll never know how a tool will work in your life until you take an extended test drive.

Introducing Sketchnote to School of Visual Communication at Ohio University students: Julie M. Elman

Kopywriting webinar capture: Matt Sandrini