Over this summer I will be organizing a project to compare the different Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Quo Vadis and G. Lalo paper surfaces and how they interact with different writing instruments and inks.
We will collect the comments of as many people as possible on their experience with an individual product paper–how it feels to the touch, how their pen (pencil or other writing instrument) moves across the surface and interacts with it; basically–what is their experience, and what they like (or don’t like) about it.
The summary of the comments can be a good reference not only for people getting started with journals, but also for expert practitioners to exchange experiences with each other.
Here are products I am thinking of including for this comparison: classic Clairefontaine notebook paper; Clairefontaine Triomphe pads, Clairefontaine GraFit pads, R by Rhodia pads, classic Rhodia notepads, Rhodia Ice, Rhodia spiral notebooks, Rhodia Webbies, Quo Vadis Habanas, Quo Vadis planners, G. Lalo Verge de France pads, and G. Lalo correspondence cards.
People can test each sheet with their favorite writing instruments (fountain pens, rollerballs, pencils, etc.) and contribute feedback via an online form. We will publish the results on both Quo Vadis Blog and Rhodia Drive in the fall.
Each person would be limited to three or four different sheets per month (that I can send in a first class letter), but can sign up each month for other papers to sample and add their thoughts.
What do you think? Are there specific questions we should ask? Are there any other product papers you would like to try?
I am hoping to have the project set up by mid-August to run through mid-October. Your input at this stage is very much appreciated and welcome.