Seven years ago today, I launched the Appointed Kickstarter Campaign. I distinctly remember how I felt that day—nerves about the uncertainty, excitement for what was to come, and confidence in what I had to offer. The idea for Appointed and the kind of products I wanted to create had been brewing in my mind for years leading up to that day, and the months previous were spent designing, planning, and dreaming.
Over the last seven years, the Signature Notebook that launched Appointed has stood the test of time, remaining nearly identical to the original prototype. It has also become a cult-favorite product in the world of paper goods, and our top best-seller year after year. It’s been a joy to see this product used up and used well by our customers, emblazoned with the logos of countless companies via our Custom & Volume Program, and released in new colors as the years have passed. Looking back on the early days, the values we built this company on and our overall goal remains the same—to create beautiful tools that inspire beautiful work. Take a look at our original kickstarter video from the early days to see where it all began:
I am equally as inspired today as I was in 2015 by how our customers use our products. From teachers who use our academic planners for lesson planning, to designers who carry our classic grid notebooks with them everywhere they go for notes & sketches, our customers have shared so many stories of how our products fit into their everyday. We’ve come a long way over the years thanks to our customers, retailers and a very dedicated team, and we are so excited for what’s next.
Our goal for this blog, Noteworthy, is to provide an inspiring resource for our customers and to share more behind-the-scenes from our team. I also look forward to sharing insight on growing a company and our design philosophy on creating products that enrich and inspire. Here's to seven more years (and even more to come).
Suann Song, Founder + CEO
Curious about how your favorite planner is made? You’re in luck. We sat down with Jaime, our Sr. Manager of Production, to chat about creating the Year Task Planner (YTP) from start to finish. Read on for a first-hand look at what it takes to bring our top-selling planner from our studio to your doorstep.
An inside look at the making of Appointed for Anthropologie as told by Sarah, Assistant Manager, Product Planning—from ideation, to materials and sourcing, to manufacturing a finished collaboration. Read on to gain a little insight about what went into creating the first limited-edition collaboration between Appointed and Anthropologie.
Take a stroll through Appointed HQ, and you’ll see one tool on every desk—one of our best-selling planners. We put our own planners to good use for project planning, meeting schedules, and more. Today we’re sharing planner picks from the Appointed team and suggestions for making the most of it.
As a thank you to those doing the necessary work of educating the next generation, we asked our team to reflect on the teachers that have touched their lives, ignited their curiosity, and passed on lessons they carry with them to this day.
We’ve prioritized more sustainable materials and production practices since the beginning, and have taken strides to extend that care further to our packaging and more. Today we’re walking through what separates the Appointed Notebook from the rest and how to care for and repair your products to extend their life.
Wherever your workspace may be—a desk in your bedroom, a traditional office, or a temporary space at a coffee shop—your work area and the tools you surround yourself with have an outsized impact on your creativity, productivity, and more. We believe a thoughtful set-up and the right tools can not only optimize your time, but also improve your overall well-being.
Whether you're planning a trip to the area, or you're a local looking for new recommendations for a weekend exploring your own backyard, we've surveyed the Appointed team for their favorite things to do in D.C. right now. Read on for Appointed-approved tips for your next perfect weekend.
Even through the challenges we all faced, 2021 was a momentous year of growth for Appointed. As we reflect on achievements and highlights of the past year, we want to take a moment to say thank you—to our customers, retailers, and local community that have supported us through it all.
We sat down with our Product Designer, Alex, to talk all things Toolkits—from design inspiration, to materials and prototyping, to manufacturing a finished product. Read on to learn more about what goes into creating an American-made toolbox from start to finish.
Local to the area and looking for some festive fun this December? We've put together a few hands-on events that highlight local makers and artisans. Better yet, each experience comes with a handmade item (made by you!) that you'll be able to take home.
The last two years have demonstrated the resiliency and heart of small businesses—through a major shift in the way we shop and the way we work. What better time than now to prioritize shopping small for the holidays? Today we're highlighting a few of our favorite Washington-area shops for all of your holiday gifting needs.