Dots Versus Grids. Which Notebook Style is Right for You?

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dot versus grid paper

If your creative desires leave you wanting something other than traditional lined notebook paper for your drawing or sketching, but worry blank paper would leave you too unguided, know that there are a range of alternatives that can offer you structure and form while still allowing you to break free of the boredom of traditional blue lines. Many writers, sketchers, calligraphers, and engineers prefer to user dot paper or grid paper as an alternative to traditional lined paper. While both offer a decidedly different notetaking and drawing experience compared to lined paper, consider whether you need the consistency and structure of grid paper, or the more general guidance provided by dot paper, as each offers unique benefits depending on your use.


The Benefits of Grid Paper

Grid paper is all about form and function. Most often preferred by mathematicians, engineers, architects, and those whose handwriting style is keenly-suited to tight, uniformed letters and spaces, grid paper provides ultimate structure for disciplined writing and sketching, grid paper is ideal for:

  • Drawing schematics, diagrams and models
  • Graphs
  • Flow charts
  • Orderly, bulleted notetaking
  • Check-box style to do lists
  • Budgeting
  • Timelines
  • Writing in Japanese or Chinese
  • Those note takers with small handwriting who want to maximize their total number of words per page
  • Those note takers with a tendency for messy handwriting, who need structure to focus on controlling the size and spacing of each letter


The Benefits of Dot Paper

Dot paper provides encouraging guide points that help to keep your thoughts organized and aligned, without the obtrusiveness of repeated horizontal and vertical lines. Preferred by sketchers and artists, dot paper also allows writers to keep their lines parallel, since every note taker knows that there is nothing worse than seeing your lines of text on plain paper start to slowly slant upwards as your words progress from left to right. Ideal for more creative projects, dot paper is best suited for:

  • Bulleted notes
  • Design concepting
  • Freeform sketching
  • Calligraphy
  • Scrapbooking
  • Those who prefer taking notes or sketching with their notebook tilted horizontally, or in landscape position
  • Those who like to take notes both horizontally and vertically on a single page
  • Those with naturally flowing, curvy, and more freeform handwriting
  • For those who want the seeming appearance of blank paper, but still need some guidance to keep their notes from becoming disorderly

Whether you choose a product that offers you relative freedom, or rigid structure, Rhodia’s complete line of notebooks offers a variety of paper options to meet your needs. If you choose dot paper, we recommend Rhodia Classic Notepads DotPad Top Staplebound. If you decide on grid paper, we recommend Rhodia Classic French Paper Pads graph.


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