Leather notebook cover design and build. Design to finished product.

Designing a notebook cover for an OXFORD Black n’ Red leather notebook

Over the next few weeks I will be putting together a new leather notebook cover design and I’ll be documenting the process in a series of posts here on my blog. I make another notebook cover specifically for Moleskine notebooks. If you’d like to be notified of each new blog post, why not join my mailing list?

This time I’ve chosen the classic OXFORD Black n’ Red A5 hardback casebound ruled 192 page notebook (wow, that’s a long name for a notebook.)

I’ve chosen this notebook as it’s a fairly ubiquitous notebook here in the UK, it’s affordable, easily replaceable when you’ve filled it up with notes and can be purchased from lots of different outlets.

The design might include a slip section for receipts or business cards, a pen holder or maybe a clasp to hold the notebook cover shut.

Leather notebook cover design for the Oxford Black n' Red A5 notebook.
The Oxford Black n’ Red A5 notebook I will be designing a leather notebook cover for.

Here are some great facts about the OXFORD notebook brand!

  • Over 60 million OXFORD notebooks and diaries have been sold in Europe and worldwide.
  • 3.8 billion sheets of paper are produced every year, enough to cover the surface area of the United Kingdom.
  • OXFORD is the first brand to be awarded the EU Ecolabel for converted paper products in 2016.
  • 100% of OXFORD products are manufactured with FSC® or PEFC® certified writing paper.

Be sure to follow along as I work on my new leather notebook cover design 🙂