I first heard about usem note cards over at edcforums. These credit card sized sheets are designed to store easily in your wallet, yet be as functional as a technical notebook. Between my fondness for pad and pen and my love of all things pocketable, I knew I was in love.
Typically, I'll drool over fancy notebooks and the like, but at the end of the day my preference is the $1.88 spiral variety they sell in countless stores. While cheap, they are totally functional and I never give a second thought to beating them up, scribbling all over them and replacing them with a shiny new one. Still, when I saw they offer a free sample pack I couldn't resist. So I sent in the contact us asking to give these note cards a try.
A few weeks later, these beautiful specimens showed up:
They really do deliver on what they promise: they are high quality paper, fit perfectly in a credit card slot and have technically useful design markings on them.
For every day use, I think I'll stick to my cheap spiral notepad. It's just too effective for me to give up. But for special occasions, like when I'm carrying my 007 setup, grabbing a couple of these cards is ideal. Now I just need to figure out where I can take Shira dressed up in a tux, so I can truly test these guys in the field.
If you're a pen and paper aficionado, you owe it to yourself to check usem out, and if you think they're useful, try the samples. You're going to be impressed.