9 Design Trends for Your Custom Moleskine

February 17, 2023

For custom Moleskines your recipients won’t soon forget, check out the top design trends for 2023.

Moleskine notebooks are a type of stationery used for writing, sketching, and note-taking. In addition to branded Moleskine notebooks, there are also Moleskin journals, planners, and themed custom Moleskine notebooks. Known for their sleek design and high-quality materials, custom Moleskines often take the best features of the iconic hard or soft cover and elastic closure and incorporate specific branding as well as add-on features.  

Custom Moleskine Notebooks

Custom Moleskine notebooks are available in a variety of sizes, formats, and colors from classic black to bold yellows and more. Inside, the Moleskine paper offers smooth, acid-free pages with rounded corners for a modern look. And, some Moleskines also have additional features such as an expandable inner pocket to store cards or stickers, a ribbon bookmark to keep your place in the notebook, and even adhesive pen loops for added convenience. 

Whether you intend to gift a custom moleskin notebook to an intern, entrepreneur, employee, or customer, or simply want to make branded Moleskine notebooks available in your office they are a great choice for keeping track of notes, daily To-Do lists, and more. 

9 Customized Moleskine Notebook Design Trends

Moleskine notebooks are known for their distinctive design, and companies often purchase them to customize for their employees or clients. If you're considering purchasing Moleskines for your business, here are some of the latest design trends to keep in mind.

1. Modern and Minimal Moleskine with Logo

If you’re looking for a design that exudes a minimal aesthetic, a simple Moleskine with logo offers a clean and professional style.  

Ready to add your logo, however, can’t decide between personalized Moleskin notebooks or planners? This Moleskine® weekly planner features the best of both worlds with the week laid out on the left and a lined page on the right for notes. Plus, with useful tools in addition to planning, this one includes time zones, international measurements, dialing codes, and flight durations, the 12-month weekly planner is a great custom swag idea for your sales kickoff. 

Other notable features include:  

  • Hard Cover 
  • Large sizing 
  • 180° lie-flat opening
  • Bookmark 
  • Elastic strap closure

Shown: Moleskine® Hard Cover Large 12-Month Weekly 2023 Planner

Want to stick with a traditional notebook custom Moleskines as opposed to a planner? You can’t go wrong with a classic style. One of the best Moleskine notebook styles around is a branded ruled notebook with a hard cover for extra versatility. Plus, the medium size style makes it easy to use in the office or at home as a Mole skin journal. 

Other notable features include: 

  • Bookmark
  • Elastic strap closure
  • Expandable inner pocket
  • Acid-Free paper 

Shown: Moleskine® Hard Cover Ruled Medium Notebook

2. Customized Moleskine Notebooks Landscape Design Wrap

A landscape wrap offers a noticeable design band that extends end-to-end on your notebook. Want to make a bold presence? Whether you choose a city landscape like the design below or opt for a pattern, complementing color band, or even words to spell out your company’s mission, motto, or product or service benefits, choosing a landscape wrap adds a fun design twist to your customized Moleskine notebook.   

Shown: Moleskine® Medium Custom Band

3. Moleskine Custom Notebook: Logo Design Wrap  

Moleskine journals are a classic choice for adding a personalized touch to any business. Creating a Moleskine notebook with your company logo is an easy way to reinforce your company’s brand and stay organized in style. A simple but effective design idea is adding a custom logo band to your custom moleskin notebook, like the example shown below. With options to feature a fully custom, full color, edge-to-edge decoration on the belly band you can create a logoed Moleskine that is sure to get noticed!

Shown: Moleskine® Pocket Volant Custom Band

4. Moleskine Notebook Custom Design with Debossing 

For companies looking to create a luxe design that still looks professional and on-trend, debossing is worth considering. By using engraved plates to create a low-profile image, logo, or phrase on the cover of your Moleskine journal or notebook, you can achieve an understated yet cool look to help market your company. 

With a subtle feel that still stands out enough to make an impression, it’s a design that’s professional and timeless. For maximum options or ideas for personalizing your Moleskine notebook through the use of debossing, talk to your Gemnote rep. 

Looking for a themed notebook? You may want to consider a travel-themed notebook, similar to the one below. Featuring 400 pages, this Moleskine notebook is perfect for recording journeys both near and far, big and small. 

Other notable features include:  

  • Practical tips and tools
  • An 8-year calendar and timeline 
  • Lists for travel memories and a wish list
  • 2 ribbon bookmarks
  • Double expandable inner pocket

Shown: Moleskine® Passion Journal - Travel

Another idea for a themed notebook is a wellness journal. While this style offers the perfect swag for your health and wellness company, it’s also great for all industries looking to strengthen their company’s cultures and place an emphasis on employee satisfaction. 

Shown: Moleskine® Passion Journal - Wellness

5. Custom Foil Stamp 

Foil stamping personalized Moleskine notebooks is the perfect way to make an impactful impression for your company. With the quality paper and Moleskine brand name, you can create a personalized journal that will stand out from any other. 

Utilizing design options like personalized logos, textures, and colors, foil stamping can provide a unique touch to your custom journal. By getting creative with this popular design technique, you can elevate your personalized notebook and really make it shine.  

Using a foil stamping technique for your branded Moleskine is a great way to show off a themed notebook, like the Recipe Journal below. Designed for foodies, this Moleskine offers a way to record the recipes and includes valuable tips, like ways to chop veggies or which produce is in season each month. Plus, with 5 main sections for meal category, ingredients, cooking methods, timings, perfect pairings, and difficulty rating, recipients of every age can enjoy whipping up and documenting their favorite meals. Perfect for foodies, or even as a gift to food influencers from food and beverage companies.  

Other notable features include:  

  • 2 ribbon bookmarks
  • Double expandable inner pocket
  • Tabbed sections 
  • Themed stickers 

Shown: Moleskine® Passion Journal - Recipe

6. Full-Color Notebook Designs 

While our example isn’t from a branded Moleskine, it is a top design worth considering for your company's branding goals. Whether you follow the lead of Field Notes and create full imagery of a place, for example, where your home office is located, or want to create a unique design is up to you. Just don’t forget to add your logo to increase your marketing power!  

This design can also be used for event notebooks that are placed in attendee registration kits or giveaways since they can incorporate your event design as well as your company logo. 

Shown: Field Notes National Parks 

7. Tone on Tone 

Similar to debossing, creating a tone-on-tone design like the one below from A24 Films is an excellent way to offer a low-key cool concept that’s edgy and professional. Talk to your Gemnote rep for ideas on how you can use a tone-on-tone technique for your custom notebook. 

In addition to design ideas, your Gemnote rep can also help you create a curated collection of quality swag ideas that are within your budget. 


Photo courtesy of A24 Films; Shown: A24 Films Planner  

8. Design Trends Using Color Blocking 

Utilizing color blocking to create branded Moleskine notebooks is a great way to show off the individuality of your company. They can be used as trade show giveaways, and rewards for staff members. In addition, custom notebooks can even accompany your employee onboarding kits since they are essential for taking notes. To get the most out of this design strategy, consider using the company logo or slogan in a bold font along with one or more signature colors from the company brand palette. 

While not a Moleskine® notebook, companies can take inspiration from this journal by Pocketo which features a fun use of color blocking. For companies looking to spice up their notebook with more color, Gemnote can create the ultimate creation that’s on-brand with PMS color matching. 

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters; Shown: UO Poketo Journal

9. Design Trend Optical Illusion 

Optical illusions are a fun way to create eye-catching designs for any notebook. By using the principles of perspective, shape, and color, your branded notebook can feature a unique visual effect that is sure to be noticed. From simple stripes and geometric designs to more complex patterns and 3D shapes, there’s no limit to how you can use optical illusion designs to create the perfect branded merch for your company. 

Another great example from Pocketo, this optical illusion notebook boasts fun colors and patterns to create swag that moves you. 

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters; Shown: UO Poketo Journal

Ready to Build Your Own Notebooks?

Moleskine notebooks offer a timeless gift for those who appreciate the art of organization. And, what makes a custom moleskin notebook a step above the rest is its ability to be customized. With custom Moleskines, companies of all industries have the opportunity to truly personalize branded Moleskine notebooks to reflect their color palette, logo, taglines, and more. 

In fact, a customized Moleskine notebook is one of the most popular trends for companies as well as individuals who are looking for unique gifts. Through design features like color blocking, logos, deboss covers, and more, you can build your own notebooks for a tailored look and feel that reflects your personality and even your business. 

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