The Quo Vadis North American meeting was held in Montreal, Quebec on June 4-5, 2009. Before I left I asked readers of this blog to let me know any issues important to them to bring up for discussion at the meeting. I did — and here are the results of your requests:
1. The Bahai’i holy days will be included in the 2012 planners.
2. We recommended to the designers in France that they investigate adding monthly calendars to the editions, and more space for Sundays. We also voiced the request to consider eliminating the activity designations in some editions so people can customize their planners to their own needs.
Since the agenda format is global, the activity dashboard will stay as it is for now. However, future editions will include more space for Sundays, smaller holiday designations, thinner grid lines and more discreet fonts–giving people more room to write and a clean, harmonious layout.
Note: some editions already offer monthly planning, including Space 24 and Space 17.
3. The U.S. plans to incorporate a combination bookmark/elastic closure with most of its planners beginning in 2011. A ribbon bookmark will also be added to the bound Habana planners.
4. We expressed the fact that fountain pen users are one of our most important customer groups. We all agreed attention to papers selected for planners will continue to be rigorous.
In the interest of brand consistency, the U.S. expressed a willingness to change the paper on Habana notebooks from white to 85 g ivory paper in 2010. We will also investigate having blank as well as ruled pages, and developing a “corporate color” coverunique to the Habana.
Thank you all for your feedback. We take very seriously the positive comments, suggestions and constructive criticism we receive on our planners and notebooks. Since so much of your life is in your datebooks and notebooks, we constantly strive to make them responsive to your needs, as good tools and good companions.
Your comments and concerns are important to us and always welcome.