The past few years I’ve been reusing old notebooks as DIY planners– which was great, actually, because I could determine the format and size (and color scheme) of everything. But now that I’ve used those up, I’ve been in need of a more slender academic planner.
A fellow pen&paper blogger offered up a version of the Quo Vadis Equology planner for me to use, but she had reviewed the version with the 60lb paper, which tends not to stand up to fountain pens. I ordered the same thing with 90lb paper, in the “Scholar” format. I prefer the streamlined look of the “Visual” layout, but for some strange reason Visual doesn’t include Saturday and Sunday. Lame.
It’s a slim little book, inconspicuous but not boring. I would prefer a cover without the mottled texture, but that’s just personal preference. I believe it’s also available for purchase with special covers.
So, the selling point for the Equology is that it’s made from recycled paper– but interestingly, the note inside the cover says “recyclable” –as in, can be recycled. Pretty much any paper can be recycled, so I’m not sure that “able to be recycled” is a real selling point…
These are the specs. I may not have mentioned this before, but I have a thing for fonts and typefaces. And basically, I’m a big fan of the typeface in the Equology planners.
Here’s the full page. There’s a good amount of space for each day, a small corner for highlights and notes. Again, the arrangement of titles and typefaces is really appealing.
A closeup of one day.
Ah, my favorite part. The paper takes fountain pens beautifully! It’s not glossy, like Rhodia or Clairefontaine, but I wouldn’t want that anyways because then it would take too long to dry. With this paper I can use my fountain pens even for quick notes, then just close it up and stuff it in my bag. There’s no bleed-through, even with wet writers.
Another handy quality is the tear-off corner tabs, to be able to flip easily to my current week. I think the ribbon-bookmark method would get annoying in such a utilitarian notebook, so this is a really effective method.