“Despite working in the world of technology and possessing a range of portable (and not so portable) devices, when attending conferences I have yet to find any method of taking notes that is faster that using my Quo Vadis Habana notebook and a fountain pen. The paper is quick drying and so I don’t have to slow down as I turn the page. And something not to be underestimated is the simple, esthetic pleasure of seeing brown ink against ivory paper, which has a human quality about it that pixels on screen cannot emulate. Flipping back though the pages of a journal is a fundamentally different experience from scrolling through computer-based documents.”
What is the key value for you in taking notes?–emotional gratification or efficiency? Do you find yourself moving pack to paper–or away from it–as the world goes more digital? Do you prefer to take some notes in longhand and use a keyboard for others? For example, I prefer to do planning with a paper pad and fountain pen, but write to-do lists and blog posts on the computer.