What’s in your bag? 2016

I’ve always been a fan of these kinds of posts so every couple of years I do an update of what I keep in my work bag and what I have as my every day carry:

Knomo Kilkenny

The Bag

The bag itself a messenger bag designed for “11 inch laptops” by Knomo. I’ve had a look and it appears that it is now discontinued but it’s still going strong for me.

I got it back in 2014 to use with my Surface Pro 2. In my original post I speculated that “it will hopefully last even longer than the technology it will hold.” and I was right. It’s a perfect fit the Surface Book too.

I usually wear it just on one shoulder when going short distances but it it works fine across my body too. Previously I’d had larger backpacks for work, but these days the stuff I carry is so small and light that a messenger bag is the best option and just using one shoulder doesn’t cause any physical issues for me.

Surface Book

The main compartment of the bag is used by whichever Surface Book I am using at the time; I have one for work and another one for personal use.

The Surface Book is a beautiful machine and way better than the clunky and huge Dell or HP laptops I used to use for work.

It’s worth mentioning here that I do not carry a power adaptor with me by default. I have Surface power adaptors both in my home office and at work, plus the battery life is just fine for most situations where I am out and using the machine for work.

What's in your bag?

Notebooks

The middle compartment sometimes gets used for other things, but mostly it is where I carry my notebooks.

As a huge stationery nerd I often try out new pens and pencils – but one certainty is that I’ll have my Arts & Science leather case containing my Hobonichi, Field Notes, and whatever my pen of choice is at the moment.

Analogue Note-Taking

Check out my analogue note-taking setup for 2016 for more information on the setup I had at the start of the year, or follow me on Instagram if stationery is your thing.

Analogue and Digital Pens

In the front compartment there are a couple of pen slots – at the moment it is currently holding:

  • Surface Pen
  • Zebra Sharbo X ST3

While the Surface Pen has a magnet to clip to the side of the device, I find that I prefer to keep it in it’s own place when I am storing it in my bag. I don’t want there to be any chance of it falling off and scratching the laptop.

The Sharbo X is probably my favourite multi-pen and I use it a lot when taking notes in meetings. It’s really handy to keep this one in my bag so I have a pen, pencil, and highlighter to hand at all times.

small-items

Small Accessories

Finally, there are also a small number of other miscellaneous items I carry in a zipped pocket:

  • Small USB Cable
  • USB Type C adapter
  • micro SD card and USB adapter
  • Pen knife
  • Cleaning cloth

And that’s it! I really love how much lighter my bag is compared to previous years.

More Stationery Photos on Instagram

My stationery addiction is a big part of my life – of course the whole point is to be productive, but it often looks gorgeous too.

I have decided to create an account on Instagram purely for the purpose of sharing more photographs and information about the stationery I love and use every day. Check it out if stationery is your thing!

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One Year of Field Notes

My first Field Notes notebook

It was one year ago today that I started using my first Field Notes notebook.

It all started with a pack of three “Pitch Black” dot-grid memo books while I was on holiday. I’d heard such good things about these small, creative, and well-designed notebooks. I wanted to try them out!

The first book took me quite a while to finish but after a while I got more comfortable with using them for anything I wanted to write down.

After that I was hooked and I signed up for the Field Notes COLORS subscription service. Through this service the good folk over at Field Notes HQ in Chicago, Illinois will send fresh designs to me on a quarterly basis.

One year of Field Notes notebooks

Over the year I have used 22 notebooks and enjoyed each one in their own way.

I have used a mixture of stock editions, COLORS editions, collaborations, and rarer limited editions. Some of my favourite designs have been produced by the Field Notes creator and well-known designer Aaron James Draplin.

Stack of Field Notes notebooks

Before using Field Notes I would use larger Moleskine notebooks for things I knew I wanted to keep, and additional loose A4 pages, or Index Cards, or any other kind of random notebook.

Now I have standardised on Field Notes I take a lot more notes, and I keep them all when I’m done. They’re well integrated into my Analogue Note-Taking System too, so I always have them with me.

As the notebooks are a great size at 3½″ × 5½″ and 48 pages, they feel like they can just be used for anything. I don’t worry about folding them over or stuffing them in my pocket; they’re special but not too special to use. They’re just right.

You can read a little more about why I like Field Notes in this post from June 2015, but essentially I find them to have great physical dimensions and they only look better after being used. The many variations keep me interested and encourages me to write things down regularly.

Used Field Notes notebooks

Here are the editions I have used in this first year:

  1. Pitch Black
  2. Unexposed (Orange and Blue)
  3. Two Rivers
  4. Cold Horizon
  5. Expedition
  6. Drink Local (India Pale Ale)
  7. Cherry Wood
  8. National Crop (Cotton)
  9. Raven’s Wing
  10. Red Blooded
  11. America the Beautiful (Spacious Skies)
  12. Shenandoah (Sweet Birch)
  13. Workshop Companion (Plumbing)
  14. DDC Factory Floor (Simple-Minded Silver Streak)
  15. Shelterwood
  16. Landland Dead Print
  17. XOXO Festival 2015
  18. DDC Dead Print
  19. County Fair (Texas)
  20. Snowblind
  21. National Crop (Soybeans)
  22. Original Kraft

Field Notes Original Kraft

It wasn’t deliberate but I find it funny that the last book I started in the year was the most generic edition you can get*.

* Though I am sure fellow Field Nuts will notice the lack of the ® symbol on this notebook – it was printed in 2012, before they registered the trademark.

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