Make: Books rolled out the Maker’s Notebook at the Maker Shed at Maker Faire. The Maker’s Notebook is a project notebook, with 150 pages of engineering graph paper and 20 pages of reference material, from useful stuff like battery, glue, and wire data to really useful stuff like the amount of caffeine in different caffeinated beverages and how to say “Hello, World!” in various computer languages. It was a dream project to put together (who doesn’t want to design their own blank notebook?). The covers of the book are printed in cyan “Maker” blue with a white grid debossed front and back. It’s a storyboard beginning for a story. We printed up several sheets of accompanying stickers so that people can mod their books. There’s also a red rubber band enclosure. The photos above show how some Faire-goers modded their books.

The Maker’s Notebook sells for $19.99 and will be available in the online store soon. Stay tuned…

By popular demand, here’s what a page of the notebook looks like. It’s a 1/10′ engineering graph paper. The pages are numbered, non-removable, and there’s a place on every page to list project name, date, sign or note, and a place to link project/related pages (“From Page___, to Page___). There’s also a two-page ruled Table of Contents.


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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