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Keel’s Simple Diary™, Vol. 1 (Orange) [Flexibound]

Philipp Keel
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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15 July 2009
In a world where products are out as soon as they are in, where communicating without wires doesn't come without strings, where even our accessories require accessories, we need simple tools. Keel's Simple Diary helps us look inside even when we are overloaded outside. The book offers structure for those who don't have time to wonder, making it easy to record life's moments. It gives the pleasure of a quick response and the sense that no matter what's wrong, more is right. What is Simple Diary ?An assistant for life, a book for any occasion, for any person at any age. On every page you will discover a taste of philosophy, a pinch of psychology and a twist of insight. Here are three things Simple Diary can do for you: 1. Entertain the mind. 2. Help you focus. 3. Keep you company. Simple Diary Volume One, The Cloverleaf Edition, comes in six colors: red, orange, yellow, brown, royal blue, lime green. Simple Diary Let it happen.

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  • Flexibound: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (15 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836516799
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836516792
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.1 x 16.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With an addictive design and curious text, this book gives readers the `simple tools' to create unique, memorable daily records without all the heavy lifting of blank journals. --Publishers Weekly, New York

About the Author

Philipp Keel is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer. His early influences included Fellini, Sendak, Steinberg and palm trees (not necessarily in that order). He is the author of the best-selling All About Me series with over three million copies in print. Collections of Keel's photography and editions have been published in Look At Me, in Color and in AISA - Images from an Imaginary Continent. He lives in Zurich and Los Angeles.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Unique :) buy it ;) x 10 Sep 2009
This is brilliant when u just need to escape and write down your thoughts, but in a different and unique way. so if you ever go back to it in the future, ul no doubt smile at the philosophy and pictures through out. This is deffo a diary for people who cant often b strict enough to write a full blown diary account :) plus it comes in funky colours ;)
Bought Orange for moi n red for my mum, she loves it also, great price 2 :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Quirky Alternative to a Daily Diary. 9 Mar 2010
By Helen
I cannot express how impressed I am with my Keels Simple Diary. I first saw these for sale in the Tate Modern gift shop and was totally charmed by the concept. The idea behind the item is that keeping an ordinary diary is often difficult without the monotony of got up, went to work and had sausage and mash for dinner, taking over every day. This alternative ensures that every page has an interesting series of questions ranging from "who is brilliant but does not have a clue..." to "draw a graph of your life experiences up to this date..." (Graph template included on page). As you can see from the example photos there is still the integral space to record your own daily experiences, however it is small enough so any boring days look interesting and any interesting days must be short and to the point to avoid any self indulgent waffle. What is wrong with self indulgent waffle in a diary I hear you ask, well absolutely nothing, but if that is your ideal diary you should probably not buy this and write a blog instead. However if you have previously tried to keep a diary but failed miserably after a week, or a month, or even a day (!) this is probably the diary for you.

Although a little indie and arty it has a very very accessible lay out and quirky enough to make you think and smile when filling out any of the numerous pages. There are no specific dates on the pages so you can pick up the diary at any point without the embarrassing blank spaces glaring at you. I do fill mine in every day and have done for just over 3months now, very impressive as I have unsuccessfully attempted a diary every year. However my only criticism is that after 3months I am roughly half way through, so I will probably need 2 for the entire year. I would really encourage you to buy this, as it is both fun, easy and engaging. I cannot think of any other criticisms than its length however for a diary which is casual and amusing I am quite happy to buy another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully off-beat 3 Jan 2011
Perfect gift for a birthday or for Christmas and a novel way to keep a diary. Definitely on the quirky side but anyone with a little imagination will appreciate this. On the aesthetic side the orange is fantastic and paper/print quality is excellent :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressed 7 Feb 2010
I was very impressed with this little book. It's a very creative, challenging way of summerazing your day. It's small and easy to bring with you. This may mean more to some than others, but it's also beautifully laid-out with nice font and paper quality.

Well worth it - both as an addition to your normal diary or just as your everyday normal one.

Note: There will be no pages left blank as the pages aren't dated. Feel free to write as often or rarely as you want.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars high five. simply super. 12 Nov 2009
By Keely B. Hild - Published on Amazon.com
In this simple diary that claims to be "a taste of philosophy, a pinch of psychology and a twist of insight," you fill in the blanks creating an overview of your day in the most random yet perhaps psychologically telling way. Its purpose is to "help you focus," an interesting choice of words as it is full of amusing musings on seemingly irrelevant nothings. It provides introspective insight by providing a vehicle to describe your current state of mind, your perspective on what could only be described as Tweedle-Dee-Tweedle-Dum-hookah-smoking catepillar-like ponderings. If the Rorschach test and madlibs were to have a baby, Keel's Simple Diary would be it, providing a simple yet effective day's reflection via word associations, yes or no questions, and fill in the blanks. Throw in a word version of paint by numbers and you are golden.

For those of you who wish you were creative enough to write down an amazingly enticing day's entry but who lack time or savvy syntax, Keel's Simple Diary provides the guidelines to be spontaneously creative and goofy. Oxymoronic? Exactly. Plus they come in a variety of colors. What does your color say about you? Just another way Keel's Simple Diary speaks truth. Quirky.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Diary that forces you to be witty, whether you are or not. 21 Oct 2009
By Maysa - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very witty and clever fill in the blank diary. My kind of diary! It asks questions that you wouldn't normally think of. And some of the quotes are out loud funny. I have one book for myself and will definitely buy some more for gift giving. I've enjoyed just about all of Philipp Keel's books and art. They are always interesting and out the norm. I like that.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great gift 24 Aug 2009
By Sally Beale - Published on Amazon.com
My niece gave me Simple Diary for my birthday and I love it. The questions are deceptively simple... it really makes you slow down and think. I have mine on my coffee table and let guests fill out a page when they come over. What fun! It'll make a great memento once it's filled out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift 11 Mar 2010
By K. Rosenthal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound|Verified Purchase
I read about this in a Rachel McAdams article, she loved it and even though I didn't know anything about it I bought one and since then I have given it to pretty much every girl I know. It seems to me it is the perfect gift.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm actually using it 23 Feb 2012
By S. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound|Verified Purchase
I'd always wanted to keep a diary, but I'd buy fancy ones, intending to write in them every day. Of course, I'd miss a day, my diary would no longer be perfect, and I'd shove it in a drawer. This diary is fun and low-key, with space to write some deep thoughts, if you're so inclined. (And if you're not, that's cool too.) I've been brain-dead at the end of the day, but the fill-in-the-blank format of Keel's has perked me up and eked out some thoughtfulness, usually in surprising ways.
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