Daily Archives: October 16, 2008

Enter the Chronotebook

The chronotebook was a judges’ prize winner in last
year’s Muji Award International Design
Competition and is available in Muji stores across the
globe. The notebook chucks out the gridularity of the typical day planner and
puts an analog clock in the middle of the page.

It’s the simplest manifestation of what a day planner is all
about: time on paper. The clocks occupy a small amount of space
on the page and rest is completely flexible. You can write in your own dates at
the top of each page, and you can treat the rest of the space like a blank page.
Here’s are some words from the designer,
Wong Kok Kiong:

Because of the numerous hours in a day (and various other
constraints), the lines in a diary are typically very narrow. They are also
usually equally distributed (somewhat). But our information is a hierarchy.
Some are more important to us. Some we feel happier about. We want to
highlight stuff that’s important to us. We want to write things that are more
important in BIGGER sizes. Our lives cannot be so
easily and clearly divided into equal parcels.

I use the clocks in my chronotebook to keep track of
appointments, how much time I spend working on things, and when I wake and sleep
each day. The free space is great for daily to-dos and interesting quotes or
ideas I come across. It’s small enough to fit in my back pocket and it’s the
first day planner I’ve consistently used for over a week (going on 2 months

The chronotebook teaches us that multifunction is not
the same as multipurpose.
That there’s a logical, hypothetical way to
do something and a simple, flexible way to do the same. When given the choice, I
choose the latter. I absolutely swear by my chronotebook and recommend it
without conviction (I’ve already bought three more of them).


For those of you wondering how you can get it outside New York
you can call Muji Times Square (212)382-2300 and they’ll ship it to you. The
notebook itself costs $4.95.

via Jack