The Art of Note Taking at the Desk

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When it comes to taking down notes throughout the work day, are you a single-notebook type, who prefers everything in one place? Are you a user of scrap-paper lists or post-it notes or reminders quickly inked on the back of your hand? Are you a doodler or a sketcher (for fun or for profit) -- or have you eschewed paper completely and prefer to simply take it all down digitally on your computer or with an app? Here's a roundup of a few creatives and how they take notes in their home offices...

Design for Mankind's Erin Loechner keeps clean and contained spiral notebooks at the ready in her own home-office setup: a laptop, desk, and white Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair combo.

It's no surprise that notepads filling the desk of designer and illustrator Alexie Hiles contain the thinkings of an artistic mind.

Neat stacks of notebooks -- including Field Notes, a Lifework favorite -- await reminders and to-do lists from Rick VanderLeek, a Saugatuck, Michigan-based art director and graphic designer.

Loose-leaf paper notes and tracing paper play a part in typographer Nick Keppol's Brooklyn home office -- a must-see space which includes, among others, a black Embody chair at the desk and an Eames Wire Base Low Table supporting the printer. Here's his full Tech Tour.

Confirmed doodler: designer and illustrator Katie Kirk, author of the children's book "Eli, No!," brain power behind Eight Hour Day, and owner of a pair of Eames Molded Plastic Chairs.

A collection of colorful sketchpads and notes helps keep the workflow flowing for Erin Jang, an art director and graphic designer who runs The Indigo Bunting out of her studio in New York City.

Industrial designer Joey Roth, a recently profiled with his latest audio creation, is a Los Angeles resident who frequently works in his backyard. Roth knows that a single notebook can help him streamline his time outside. "When I can, I leave my laptop inside and take only a pen, notebook, and cup of tea or coffee with me," he says. "The less I take, the more I tend to accomplish."

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