Request for crit on layout.

Hello all,

If you have a look here you'll find a dated weekly layout I've just worked up, inspired by the Moleskine week-to-page format.

I like this as-is, and will use it like this for myself, but I'm planning to make the 2008 version available here for use. Before I do that, does anything jump out that needs changed/added whatever to suit you guys better (it is a personal thing, and what suits me may not suit he community in general)? I will give it a more 'normal' notes page, althoguh it is of course easy to print your own preferred from the official templates.

TIA,
Mark.

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:)

don't forget to add it as content to the diyplanner template directory too :D i can see this being very popular.

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Yeah, that's the plan

Yeah, that's the plan :)

Just wondering if anyone had adjustments to suggest, first, before I date-up the 2008 version...
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Looks GREAT!

I love it as is! Nice Job and thank you for sharing it with all of us!
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Thanks!

I *really* like how clean and simple these pages are. Thanks so much for sharing!

Can I pick a nit?

or two? ;-)

At the top, you have the month and year in a box with a shadow. Underneath, you have the lines between days in grey. But the box up top is black. It's a harsh contrast to my eyes, maybe too harsh. I think the trick for this may be to make the shadow a lighter shade of grey, rather than black. And maybe the box's line could be the same thickness as the lines between the days below. These are just minor suggestions re: aesthetics, which are somewhat dependent on personal taste, but I think you might like the changes, which is why I suggested them. However, I have not printed them, so don't know how they look printed out, which can change things. :-)

But honestly, I really like the layout. It's got a simple attractiveness that _really_ appeals to me. I think it goes along well with the Circa philosophy, as well. ;-)

Bother. Almost forgot an idea for the grid page. I saw paper somewhar (Doane?) that uses grid, but every other, I think, horizontal line was slightly thicker and darker. This allowed for easier writing of lines of text, yet offered the flexibility of grid paper. It's just an idea I had looking at your template.

-Jon

Of course you may :)

Thanks for the comments, Jon.

I did have a play with 'colours' for the top, and ended up going back to the shading in the WK. It's just my personal preference, but I find the stronger shading helps me find the right page quickly - stops my eye wandering away from the month-line. Of course, YMMV. If I get really bored, who knows, colour variations may appear :D

Regarding the notes page, because it's such a personal thing I've just used a plain-and-simple lined page in the next version. My thinking on it was that most people will probably be printing in their choice of right-hand page from other templates anyway.

Thanks again for the feedback - all is appreciated.

edit to add: (By the by, I have now worked up both Classic and A5 for the rest of 2007 and all of 2008, with a more 'normal' :D notes page. Afraid I've gone for just lined... They've been submitted to the Template Directory, but if you want a sneak peak before they're approved, check http://www.marramgrass.org.uk/2007/07/06/print-your-own-diary/.)
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posted on your blog

but I realize I should have posted here. You could add back in the grid, and then the best of both worlds! And people could choose. The grid would help with drawing vertical lines and dividing up the paper if necessary, etc. :-)

-Jon

Thanks again.

Thanks for the further comments.

I've justified a lazy way to address this: I've added two new PDF files - one contains a lined and a gridded notes page for A5, and one the same for Classic. It means that if/as I continue to add further notes options, these files dedeciated to just those pages (although all right-handed, currently) will be dead easy to maintain, and will hopefully be useful in and of themselves.

At the minute they are very basic, very simple lined and gridded pages. Again, feedback would be useful - especially as I have no letter/classic paper to use for print-testing these!

http://www.marramgrass.org.uk/2007/07/06/print-your-own-diary/
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hey jon :)

Weighted Grid

You could use this to generate a pdf to print on the reverse of your pages... :)

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Ooh.

That is a handy site to know. Ta!
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if you...

if you go to del.icio.us and search for 'diyplanner' as the tag... you should find several sites like that one (or go to my delicious links) :)

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neato!

That is neat! I've already saved a couple customizations in A4. Now I just need to do A5 and Compact, and I'll be good to go! Thanks!

Just for the record, the Doane papers I mentioned can be found here:

LINK

-Jon

Not really a nit..

As I said on another thread, I printed out 2007 yesterday and love it. I'm using blank pre-smurfed Levenger junior sized paper which is 140mm x 210mm. I could only get my computer and printer to cooperate if I chose "A5", even though that is a few mm bigger than the paper I was using.

The pages printed great (although with pre-smurfed paper, I have to feed the pages in one at a time), but the finished product does have a bigger space for Sunday than the other days of the week. I don't mind it at all, and I'm assuming that it's because my paper is not quite A5 size.

Other than that, this format is an answer to a dream for me, and I'm off to print out 2008! I always run my planner from June to June. Mark, thank you for adding the next year!

Sunday's a big day!

Looking at my printout Sunday is a bit bigger (I hadn't noticed) because I evened them all out within the margins - so Sunday gets the same as the others, plus the bottom margin. I actually find that visually more even than counting Sunday to the bottom of the page, and gives me less of a hand-hanging-off-the-bottom when filling in Sunday.

That said, if there's a desire for a smaller Sunday, I can do that (although I may not get a chance to do any more on these until Monday - this weekend is quite busy round here).
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