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Help Me Choose a Journal

Joshua Lane / / 9 Comments

As I settle into my new job at Pixelworthy, I find myself thinking more and more about my “design process” and ways that I can improve upon it. One of the things that I’ve been focusing on is all the little ideas and absurdities that pop into my head during any given day. You know, those random little moments of inspiration where you think “that’s what I’ll do”! Except, a few hours (or days) later, you can’t remember what it was you were going to do. Or, you sort of remember, but not clearly enough to fully reproduce what it was you were thinking.

To combat these highly inconvenient lapses in memory, a lot of people keep journals and simply jot down all their ideas, thoughts, etc. And I figure that’s what I should start doing… both professionaly AND personally. So, to that end, I’ve narrowed down my “journal” search to following candidates:


Kolo Cabrio Journal (on the left)

  • 150 pages
  • 4″ x 6″
  • $11.98 each
  • 4 color choices

Lama Li Pirate Book Journals (on the right)

  • 80 pages
  • 6″ × 6″
  • $15.19 each
  • 5 color choices

Part of me REALLY wants to get the Lama Li journals because they seem to be really elegant and fancy. However, that’s sort of the problem, because they come off a little bit TOO fancy for my purposes. That’s what drew me to the Kolo journals… they seem more practical and better suited to my needs.

So I ask you fine readers… which would YOU choose?

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Isondill /

I also really like the look of the Lama Li journals, but I will have to agree with you on the Kolo journals appearing more practical.

I’d have to go with the Kolo Cabrio.

Taleeya /

I’d choose the Lama Li ones, cuz Im a girl. But they look kind of girlish for a guy…. (I believe in giving the blunt truth)

Psoh /

I’d say go with what you think is the best.

tigerous /

Well, i would go with the Kolo journal. It has quite a bit more pages in it and while they are slightly smaller, you still end up with more useable space. Besides, they are cheaper too. Granted, the other one is more decrorative, but that seems to be the only thing it really has going for it. Although, I would ask you one question. When you are coming up with ideas, do you do more writing or do they involve a fair amount of drawing as well? It seems from the images and the description, that the Lama Li one might be slightly better for drawings. I’m basing that on the fact that the paper seems to be slightly more textured. Personally, I like a textured paper when I’m drawing. Ok, this turned out to be slightly longer than I had planned.

Marcin W. /

I’d take the Kolo, it seems more practical

Guests /

If you are going for the Kolo, you may want to hurry since they are listed as discontinued in some websites. At least they are at clearance in

Joshua Lane /

Damn, I paid like $10 each a couple weeks ago. Oh well, good thing I got them before they were discontinued.

Ryan /

Nice choice on the Kolo… it looks like a great journal. None-the-less, I simply must refer you to the journal I chose when I was finding myself in the same search not that long ago. I settled on the Moleskine journal. Tough, Elegant, and it has an expandable pocket in the back for business cards, or whatever you might need to stow away safely. Comes with the standard features such as bookmark and elastic strap too… Check it out.

Moleskine Pocketbook

Joshua Lane /

I liked the Moleskin journals, but the lack of color choices was the reason I decided to go with the Kolo’s.

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