Friday, October 28th, 2016

Rhodia Fan Profile: Tim Loblaw


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RD: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

TL: My name is Tim Loblaw, and, yes, I do actually have a brother named Bob. Believe me, I’ve heard the jokes long before it became popular on Arrested Development (

I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where I’m an educational developer at a local community college. Educational developer is simple a fancy academic way of saying my role involves teaching-the-teachers. In addition to my full-time job at the community college, I’m a part-time postgraduate research student at the University of Nottingham in the UK, completing a Professional Doctorate in Lifelong Education.

Basically, I’m an example of the global reach of Rhodia: I’m a Canadian, studying at a UK university, using notepads that originated in France.

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

TL: I purchased my first Rhodia in 2009 from a local stationery store. It was an orange no. 11 pad. I was attending an academic conference and wanted some sort of small pad to carry from session to session. The reason I know it was a no. 11 pad is because I still have it in my desk at work. The conference was so informative and transformative, I didn’t want to lose the notes and sketches I made from the sessions.

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RD: Which are your favorite Rhodia products?

TL: I use the Rhodia Office Exabook for ‘every day carry’ at the college. The Exabook is my go-to journal for notetaking at meetings. I’ve only had it for a year, but I’m already on my third refill.

My favorite Rhodia product is currently the Essentials Box (and all the goodies inside). I had been coveting the Box for a long time after seeing one online. Eventually, I convinced a local retailer to stock some.


RD: Do you always use the same product(s) or do you change periodically?

TL: As an educator and postgraduate research student, my classroom and fieldwork requires handwritten memos and notes. I discovered Rhodia because I needed a notebook that was ‘fit for purpose.’

With respect to using the same product or changing them periodically, my answer is, “it depends.” I find I use products cyclically. When I’m in the classroom, I keep a no. 11 pad ready for quick reflective notes to myself. When I’m stuck at my desk working on something more involved, I rely on a journal.

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

TL: I don’t use the actual Rhodia products in any unique way. However, I do use different colors of pens regularly when I write for specific purposes. The writing technique I’ve adopted is to hold pens of different colors between my fingers in my non-writing hand. I then switch between the different colors to capture different types of my writing. For example, I might use black ink to record descriptive comments about a piece of text I’m reading or comments made in a meeting, but I’ll alternate to blue ink when I want to add my own interpretive/reflective comments about that text or meeting.


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

TL: I’m a lefty so the quality of the paper is always important to me. As an overwriter, I find Rhodia paper doesn’t smear for me. Like I said, it’s all about being ‘fit for purpose.’

RD: Pencil, pen, or other? Favorites?

TL: Definitely pens. I’ve recently become a fountain pen convert although I’m still in the starter pen phase (Pilot Metropolitan and Kaweco Classic). Until I get more proficient with a fountain pen, my go-to is a Stabilo rollerball.

RD: Where do you regularly purchase Rhodia products?

TL: Luckily, Calgary has a few shops where I can find Rhodia products:

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

TL: From my photos, you can probably tell I’m a fan of the ‘orange & black.’ Therefore, more boutique items would always be appreciated. For example, I’d be the first in line to purchase a ball cap…which makes me think you’re missing a wonderful promotional opportunity to pair up with the San Francisco Giants (who also use orange and black in their branding).

5 thoughts on “Rhodia Fan Profile: Tim Loblaw

  1. Hi Jason, it’s not part of our US lineup so I’m not sure where it can be found. Let me do some digging and get back to you!

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