Maker's NotebookWelcome to the online home of the Maker's Notebook.
What is the Maker's Notebook?A 170-page project notebook optimized for Makers. The book contains 150 pre-numbered, non-removable pages of 1/8" engineering graph paper with a place on each page for Idea/Project Title, Date, and a Notes/Signature field. There are also "From Page _____" and "To Page _____" fields, so you can link project pages together, and two blank Table of Contents pages. The Maker's Notebook was designed to conform to basic standards of inventor, engineer, and laboratory notebooks.
The book also contains 20 pages of reference material, everything from common weights and measures and country calling codes to resistor and capacitor charts and the basics of circuit testing and LED selection. There's also some whimsical geekery to start conversations with fellow Notebook users down at the coffee shop -- things like, well, since you're at a coffee shop -- the caffeine content of various beverages, how to say "Hello, World" in various computer languages, and fun mnemonic devices.
Maker's Notebook Modding ProjectsHere are some things you can do to improve/customize your Maker's Notebook:
Add an expandable pocket in the back:
Fixing the Bookmark on your Notebook
Marc de Vinck adds a pen pocket, a closure, and...
Steve Davee shows off his Notebook hack ideas at Maker Faire Austin '08
Steve Davee updates us on his Notebook hacks projects
Coming soon, more projects to mod you book by adding additional bookmark ribbons, button and string closures, inverted tabs, and more. We'll also be running contests and giving stuff away for the coolest Notebook hacks and cover mods. We'd love to see your Notebook modifications, so if you make any improvements to your book, please upload pics to the MAKE Flickr Pool and tag them "makersnotebook." We'd also love to see images of the projects you're designing on Maker's Notebook pages.
Where to get the Maker's NotebookThe Notebook is now available in the Maker Shed. If you order it from MAKE, you'll get two sheets of two-color stickers and a 1/2" red rubber band closure. These are exclusive to Maker Shed. Get your Notebook »
Maker's Notebook coverage on Make: Blog (and elsewhere)
We ran a Notebook Mod Station at the 2008 Bay Area Maker Faire where people who bought Notebooks could sit down and modify them.