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!

  • I get the feeling it may mean something more like cute / stylish / chic / designer notebook.
    – Billy
    Jul 6, 2013 at 0:38

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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.

For Example

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 ).

  • I agree, yet ironically most of the google image results for 意匠ノート are very... plain google.com/…
    – ssb
    Jul 6, 2013 at 9:29
  • > ssb : I understand. FYI, I wrote some example.
    – fliedonion
    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:21
  • > yobisute : you are welcome! どういたしまして(^-^)
    – fliedonion
    Jul 6, 2013 at 10:23
  • @fliedonion use the @ mark to message people directly!
    – ssb
    Jul 6, 2013 at 11:13

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