Saturday, April 22, 2006

gear: rhodia pads

It's the post-modern PDA - portable, inexpensive, with a high-contrast interface to die for. Rhodia pads were first made by the Verilhac Paper Mills back in 1932, and are now manufactured by Clairefontaine, located in the Vosges region of France. They are the simply the finest quadrille graph paper notepads made today.

I've been using them since the late 70s, and they are as good today as they were then. They are available in all manner of sizes, but I recommend the number 11 pad (7.4 x 10.5 cm / 2.9 x 4.1 in) for incidental on-the-fly note taking & note giving. You can buy them online and at better art supply and stationery stores. The #11 goes for about $1.80.

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