I came across the term 「意匠ノート」as a type of notebook. Translated, I guess it would be a "design notebook," but I'm not sure what that means? A drawing book? A notebook with graph paper for architectural designing? If anyone has any insight, would appreciate it!
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「意匠ノート」 doesn't means 'notebook for designer'.
「意匠ノート」means ... Notebook that have not only notebook feature, but also good looking (or / and) more useful design.
This notebook cut obliquely to turn the pages easily. ( for more useful design ) http://www.kokuyo-st.co.jp/stationery/campus_p/design/
This is a notebook with lacework. ( for good looking design ) http://www.kokuyo-st.co.jp/stationery/gracieux/note.html#01
Japanese stationery maker KOKUYO uses the word "意匠ノート" well. Those are slightly useful or slightly beautiful. (in Japanese ちょっと便利 or ちょっとかわいい ).