Let's Go Letter Hunting

Hello, my name is Gareth Branwyn and I'm a blank journal addict. I love the romantic, aspirational aspects of a blank book, the allure of the possible.

I have a particular fondness for the themed journal, of which Let's Go Letter Hunting is a prime example. Created by the full-contact typographic love site, Friends of Type, this 160-page hard-bound diary will likely woo type freaks. The cover is deep-embossed with the title, and everything is designed to make even casual type enthusiasts want to hunt down a ruler, a fine-ass pen, and record the typographic world around them.

Besides an introduction to the joys of letter hunting and an anatomy of type page, the bulk of the journal switches between three types of graph paper – dot, isometric, and grid – printed in orange ink. Every six pages, as the graph pattern changes, there's a sort of field notes multiple-choice for checking off information about the font and where you found it in the wild. I'm not that much of a type-tweaker to think I'd actually carry around a single-subject field notebook, but graph paper is one of my favorite things to draw and dream on. And you can obviously use the notebook however you wish.

See sample pages from this book at Wink.