Monday, April 27th, 2015

Fan Profile Amanda: Student, Illustrator, and Library Assistant


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Today’s Fan Profile is with Amanda.

RD: Please tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I’m a university student studying classics and history, and I currently work as an illustrator and as an assistant at the school library. I’ve used fountain pens from childhood for writing and drawing, and finding quality paper to write on has always been a bit of a guessing game. I love taking notes, writing memos, and penning letters by hand, both for aesthetic reasons and because it helps my memory, so I’m quite partial to good paper and well-designed notepads.

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RD: How and when did you first discover Rhodia products?

I was introduced to Rhodia pads around 5 years ago by a friend who was visiting from France for work; he kept to-do lists in an orange ~3X5 and he would whip it out every other hour to check that he was on track. I bought my first black A5 and ~3X5 staple bound pads from and they were just what I was looking for!

RD: Does using Rhodia products in any way make your job easier? (Do quality tools make the job easier?) 

Rhodia products do make my work much more convenient! Apart from paper quality, I really love the dot ruling option; my handwriting is quite small, so being able to write with a 5mm line width when I need ruling and willy-nilly over the page when I don’t want to be distracted by solid lines is wonderful. The perforations on the pads I’ve used have always torn smoothly and neatly when I need to relocate my notes and checklists or pass on memos, and the creases on the pad covers for folding the covers back are a useful touch. 

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RD: Which are your favorite Rhodia products? 

My favourite is the A5 staple-bound pad. It’s just the right size for scribbling out lists, writing myself reminders, and testing inks, and I always have one at hand on my desk. I’m used to taking notes on legal pads and similar styles of notepads, so I haven’t yet tried out any Rhodia notebooks; I have a webnotebook sitting on my shelf, which I’m planning to use for less ephemeral personal project outlines and records. 

RD: Do you use them in any way that is specific to your job? 

I don’t use the paper in specific capacities; if a situation calls for paper and my Rhodia pad can provide, I’ll use my Rhodia pad. It’s no trouble at all to bring Rhodia paper with me wherever I go; on most days I’ll have a ~3X5 pad in my laptop bag and an A5 at the lower corner of my desk. 

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RD: Pencil, pen, or other? Favorites? 

I use fountain pens with Rhodia pads for writing and drawing, Pentel Hybrid Technica .03 or Tachikawa School G pen when I need a very thin line, and pencil for doodling. I prefer to use fountain pens on Rhodia paper because the paper takes fountain pen ink so well. I haven’t really experimented with other mediums, but I’ve noticed that highlighter really pops– the paper quality is phenomenal.

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RD: Is there any way we could improve on your favorite product? 

It would be very convenient if Rhodia sold notepads and notebooks with more diverse interior layouts; I have another notebook for weekly planning but the paper isn’t ideal. I would love to use a Rhodia notebook for daily or weekly scheduling, and I always get excited about new types of ruling.  

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