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Schedulers by Alice Angus
Submitted by on May 28, 2010 – 8:00 am3 Comments

Large version A3 | Ledger PDF 10.5Mb
Small version A4 | US Letter PDF 9.6Mb

About : A 12 month schedule decorated with illustrations by Alice Angus who has been experimenting with creating different kinds of books for writing in to use herself, “I like the fact that I can create something physical, then use the computer and internet to make that into a yet another physical object; a book  to write in, carry around in my pocket and use, but I can also share that book digitally.”

Published May 2010

Alice Angus, co-director of Proboscis, is an artist inspired by rethinking concepts and perceptions of landscape and human relationships to the land. Over the last six years she has been creating a body of art work exploring concepts proximity and remoteness, technology and presence, against the lived experience and local knowledge of a place. In 2003, Alice was the only non-Canadian to participate in the first Artist in the Park residency in Ivvavik National Park in the Northern Yukon, organised by Parks Canada.

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Ethnographic Notebooks, British Museum Melanesia Project
Submitted by on August 31, 2009 – 3:00 am6 Comments

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Notebook 1 A4 only PDF 1Mb
Notebook 2 A4 only PDF 2.1Mb
Notebook 3 A4 only PDF 1.1Mb

About : A few weeks ago I was privileged to take part in a project which brought Porer and Pinbin, two Negkini speaking people from Reite (a village on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea) to the British Museum’s Ethnography Dept. They were with Dr James Leach (Head of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen) who has done extensive field work in their village over the past 15 years, and who hosted their visit to the UK this summer. Their visit to the BM was to take part in the latest stage of the Melanesia Project, a project bringing indigenous people from Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to look at and discuss objects in the collection to increase understanding of their social, cultural and spiritual significance, as well as details of what they are made of, how they are made and by whom.

The Melanesia Project explores the relationships between a wide range of indigenous art and artefact forms, socially-significant narratives, and the indigenous communities from which historic collections of Melanesian art derive. Focusing on the important but largely unstudied Melanesian collections in the British Museum, this project aims to bring new perspectives to both the study of indigenous art, and the understanding of ownership, heritage, and relations between museums and communities.


James and I had discussed meeting up during the project sometime before and then I had suggested using Diffusion Notebooks to create documentation of the process that could be easily shared with Porer and Pinbin’s own community (who enjoy a subsistence lifestyle in the Papua New Guinean rainforest without electricity or many of the communication technologies we take for granted). Our colleagues at the BM, Lissant Bolton (Head of Oceania Section) and Liz Bonshek (Research Associate) agreed, and I was invited to come in and observe and assist with the process.

Madang 5 Aug 2009.

It was a remarkable opportunity to see how people from a very different culture and civilisation respond to objects collected up to 170 years ago from their locality – how their relation to the objects was one rooted in the materials and the craft with which they were made. It was impressive to see the depth of tactile knowledge Porer and Pinbin have in their hands, how the act of touching was fundamental to their process of recognition of the plants and other materials used in making the objects as well as how they would have been made, as though the touching of the objects conducted a current to complete a circuit of memory.


Several of the notebooks of their observations of the objects made during the week are here to download, print out and make up. The notebooks, written in both English and Tok Pisin (the lingua franca of PNG) by James, have images of the objects as well as the people in the discussions, taken with digital cameras and printed out using a Polaroid PoGo printer (the sticky-backed prints placed directly into the notebooks). The notebooks were then taken apart and scanned in as flat A4 sheets to become Shareable PDf files. This enabled us to transform unique hand-written notebooks into digital publications that can be printed out, made up and shared as often as necessary. It was also an opportunity to give physical records to Porer and Pinbin that they could return to their village with and share their experiences and what they interacted with with their own community – making tangible some of the experiences that would be almost unimaginable and very difficult to communicate to people whose lives are lived within an entirely different relationship to the environment around them.

Giles Lane
August 2009

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More Diffusion Shareable Notebooks
Submitted by on June 26, 2009 – 12:18 pmNo Comment


Axonometric A4 | US Letter PDF 240Kb
Cornell Lined A4 | US Letter PDF 210Kb
Genkoyoush A4 | US Letter PDF 225Kb
Perspective A4 | US Letter PDF 215Kb
Polar A4 | US Letter PDF 225Kb
Squarecross A4 | US Letter PDF 235Kb
Tumbling Blocks A4 | US Letter PDF 250Kb

A few weeks ago I came across Kevin Macleod‘s website, incompetech, where he has created a series of free graph and notepaper generators for making all sorts of useful and intriguing designs.  We’ve combined a small selection of his page designs into Diffusion eBooks as examples of how we can further extend the Shareable Notebook range, and offer custom and personalised eNotebooks for different purposes.

*** ‘book’ version eBooks made with the new Diffusion Generator ***

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Diffusion Shareable Notebooks
Submitted by on January 21, 2009 – 2:36 pmNo Comment

Diffusion Notebooks

Portrait Versions
Multipurpose classic A4 | US Letter PDF 800Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 800Kb
Blank classic A4 | US Letter PDF 144Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 144Kb
Graph classic A4 | US Letter PDF 720Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 720Kb
Lined classic A4 | US Letter PDF 650Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 650Kb
Squared classic A4 | US Letter PDF 660Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 660Kb
Music classic A4 | US Letter PDF 650Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 650Kb
Storyboard classic A4 | US Letter PDF 150Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 150Kb

Landscape Versions
Multipurpose classic A4US Letter PDF 560Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 560Kb
Blank classic A4US Letter PDF 144Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 144Kb
Graph classic A4US Letter PDF 220Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 220Kb
Lined classic A4US Letter PDF 650Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 650Kb
Squared classic A4US Letter PDF 660Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 660Kb
Music classic A4US Letter PDF 650Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 650Kb
Storyboard classic A4US Letter PDF 150Kb | book A4US Letter PDF 150Kb

About : Inspired by the enthusiasm for Paper/Digital Hybrids at the recent PaperCamp in London, we have prepared a range of Diffusion Notebooks. Proboscis has designed custom Diffusion eNotebooks for many of our own projects going back five or more years, however we’d not created generic ones that could be used off the cuff. This selection of Notebooks is based on some simple notepaper designs that we like to use: blank and lined pages, graphs and squares. Each Notebook is made up of 4 sheets of paper with 14 pages for you to use. The Multipurpose Notebook combines five types on 7 sheets (26 pages). Print them out using different paper stocks and colours for different effects. Once you’ve filled them up, take them apart, scan the pages and you’ve got an instant digital shareable notebook.

Customisations : We are happy to design customised variations of these Notebooks (with more pages, additional page designs or various combinations of the ones used here). Please add your suggestions to the comments section below and we’ll endeavour to oblige. We are also happy to take on design commissions to create Notebooks for exhibitions, conferences or other activities.

Update : two new variations have been added – music staves and storyboards.

Update (22/5/09): the notebooks have been completely re-created using our new Diffusion Generator and now include landscape as well as portrait options and both Diffusion eBook bindings (book and classic).

Published January 2009

Designed by Giles Lane for Proboscis

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