Nuuna: Probably the Best UX Designer Notebook

Nowadays, it has become less common to see a review of a notebook on a website. While we all try to embrace digital life, there is absolutely still room for a notebook. Especially if you are a user experience designer!

That’s what I do for a living. I am a user experience designer – not a blogger. So, I need to draw quick designs, and sadly digital tools can be a nightmare to use, meaning I always need a notebook to hand. Finding the perfect notebook, however, is an experience! The issue with many notebooks is the paper quality. Some notebooks (most of them) can’t cope with marker pens, fountain pens or anything that can throw a vast amount of ink onto the paper.

Because of this, I appreciate a good notebook when I find one, and recently I found a great one – Nuuna. I actually used a Nuuna notebook 5-6 years ago and decided to try them one more time, and it is now even better than before. Using the notebook is an experience in itself; you don’t buy a notebook, you buy something that looks extremely beautiful.

The paper quality is beyond anything I could have imagined after years of disappointing notebooks. Unlike other beautiful looking notebooks, Nuuna has high quality but low thickness paper, meaning it doesn’t take up too much space in your backpack, and also isn’t heavy to carry around.

The best part is that you can use any pen to hand without any problems. Even if the first pen you come across is a permanent marker like a Sharpie, yes it is a bit brutal on the paper, but it can handle it.

For sketching user interfaces or new ideas, I couldn’t recommend Nuuna enough. I would also highly recommend the dotted versions so that you can have a screen experience on paper.

Here is their website


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Modern life is highly connected to the digital world. Even for basic note taking tasks, we use an app. We think it is easier, more convenient and is easier to carry. I totally agree with you and have been using note-taking apps for nearly half a decade. Also, it is nice to see your old notes.

However, I still find a bit awkward to use a note-taking app in some conditions—especially when trying to use a stylus or Apple pencil, the experience becomes more awkward. This always reminds me of the scene from Back to the Future III, when Marty McFly was back to 2015, and the world was quite interesting.

What is the solution to the modern note-taking problem? Get a proper notebook and a pen or pencil. When you think about notebooks, there are many, and most of them are not that tempting. In some cases, if you use a pen to write on your iPad, it will look better. So, I am bit a picky when it comes to buying an old-school notebook.

Recently, I discovered a German notebook brand called, nuuna by brandbook. They offer very very creative and unique covers with great messages. (Don’t take the one with ‘I work for idiots’ on the cover to a meeting with your boss). The paper quality is high, and they are very easy to write on with any type of pen or pencil. The most exciting part of the nuuna notebooks is that the texture of the cover does not end at the edge of the notebook, it continues with the profile. When you look at the notebook from a distance, you will really love the look of your notebook. Unfortunately, this experience cannot be replicated by any mobile app!

Some details;

  • 120g premium paper
  • Lined/dot grid/squared (based on your taste)
  • Writing is very smooth, tested with roller, fountain and ballpoint pens
  • One size (165mm x 220mm)
  • Price €24.90

UK distributor

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