Since they came on the scene back in 2010 with the Glif iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand, Studio Neat collaborators Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt have become one of the few success stories to rise out of the Kingdom of Kickstarter.
Starting with that smartphone tripod, which, at the time, was an entirely new product category, the two have successfully launched everything from a wide-grip stylus for touch screens to a cocktail ice cube kit.
But it’s their latest project that just might prove to be the most successful—and useful—of all.
“It all started with an insight about how we use notebooks,” explain Gerhardt and Provost. “Even though we spend 8 hours a day doing digital work on a computer, notebooks are an essential analog tool. We noticed, while sitting at a computer, it would be great to have a notebook directly in front of us. But that would require a different type of notebook, one with more of a panoramic ratio. So that’s what we made.”
Designed specifically as a notebook that can be used comfortably for digital designers and engineers, the Panobook is designed to be used easily either to the top, bottom, or side of a standard keyboard. While the wide landscape format is ideal for everything from UX workflows to Gantt Charts, the tall orientation creates an ideal setup for breaking down modeling steps or creating lists.
“We’ve wanted to make a notebook for a while now,” they explain. “We went in several different directions, but the ‘ah-ha’ moment came when we started to consider how a notebook could be uniquely designed for desk use. We spent way too long fussing over materials and details of the notebook. Every last detail was considered, and we think you will be pleased with the end result.”
Each gridded page measures in at 160 mm x 288 mm (6.3 in by 11.34 in) and the dots on the grid are spaced 5 mm apart. In total, the book contains 50 sheets / 100 pages. Finally, each book comes with its own slipcase for easy storage on your desk or bookshelf after its been used.
Through Saturday, July 29, 2017, you can get your own Panobook over at Kickstarter for just 20 bucks.