Traveler's Notebook on table

My Traveler’s Notebook

I recently changed my notebook and am loving the upgrade. The notebook is made by a Japanese company named Traveler’s Company (formerly Midori).

I purchased a standard size Traveler’s Notebook with a camel color (cowhide) cover. It came in a nice cloth bag and neatly packaged materials, showing nice attention to detail by the manufacturer.

Traveler's Company notebook

Source: “Traveler’s Notebook – Package contents (camel)” © 2016 Traveler’s Company.

The notebook itself consists of a quality cover that you fill with replaceable inserts/fillers. You can use different inserts/fillers (i.e. types of paper like blank, ruled, grid) that fit the standardized cover size.

Traveler’s Company offers a line of accessories allowing the user to configure it in many different combinations. Here are the additions I made:

The company also has a set of helpful printable PDFs that are in the form factor of the notebook pages so you can glue them in to notebook pages for reference.

This may seem like paying a lot for a notebook, but paying a little extra goes a long way in terms of quality for something I use constantly. Totally worth it!

Joining the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) Board

I am excited to share that I am joining the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) board! Here is some quick background information on OSHWA and my initial response to joining.

As defined by OSHWA, Open Source Hardware is “hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design.” Examples range from microcontrollers and 3D printers to brain computer interfaces and 360-degree video recording equipment.


Source: “Arduino” © 2008 Lorenzo shared under CC BY 2.0.

New and existing Open Source Hardware companies, and projects within companies, are thriving. Users in businesses, schools, libraries, and homes are increasingly seeking hardware that respects their freedom and privacy.

As a not-for-profit organization, OSHWA plays an important role serving the public in this ecosystem. OSHWA does this by organizing events, educating, formalizing shared values and principles, facilitating adoption, and collecting, compiling, and publishing data on Open Source Hardware.

In joining the board, I hope to help: expand the organization’s use of Free and Open Source technology and culture, execute ongoing and new projects, and increase practical resources made available for OSHWA’s corporate members.

On a personal level, Open Hardware Summit is one of my favorite events of the year because of the great people in this community. I am excited to spend more time getting to know people and serving alongside the board.

OSHWA will be busy with the new Open Source Hardware Certificate, Open Hardware Summit 2017, and more, so keep an eye out for updates. In the meantime, watch my talk on Libre Marketing at Open Hardware Summit 2016. Learn more about OSHWA by visiting:

Free/Libre/Open Source Marketing Talk at Open Hardware Summit 2016

Earlier this month I had the privilege of speaking at Open Hardware Summit 2016. (Watch the full talk below.) There were approximately 300 attendees, including: artists, designers, developers, educators, hackers, journalists, students, and other professionals from the Open Source Hardware community.

Because of this context, my talk assumed the values of Free Software and Open Source Hardware, and jumped right in to applying these ideas to marketing in five functional areas. These areas include:

  • Tools – Software, hardware, and more.
  • Processes – Frameworks, policies, and procedures.
  • Messaging – Telling stories.
  • Content – Sharing stories.
  • Support – File formats, platforms, and elsewhere.

Watch the full ~13 minute talk below:

Source: Video © 2016 Open Source Hardware Association. Presentation © 2016 Aleph Objects, Inc. shared under CC BY-SA 4.0 International – view the slides online here. Presentation source hosted on GitHub.

Special thanks to the people who helped me with this talk, including:

Final thanks to my colleague Michael Coronado for his creative direction and CSS hacking, and the rest of the team at Aleph Objects, Inc.