One night while trolling through my usual blog reads and YouTube subs, I came across a review for the Whitney English Day Designer. I have to admit, I am very much a stationary and supply nerd. I relish in dreams of whimsical calendars, gold leaf note cards and monogrammed post-its. So, you can only image my delight when my eyes landed on the Day Designer.
I knew after watching the review I just had to have it. And now that I’ve had it for a few weeks, I think I can provide a fair review. Let’s get right into it!
First, the design of the Day Designer is beyond chic. The traditional black and white cover paired with the gold hardware made me swoon. But the addition of the hot magenta lining on the inside, takes it from safe to spectacular.
The complimenting gold monthly tabs make it easy to flip between months and the inside pocket was genius. Not many planners have this feature, so I do appreciate it.
The page design is also very nice. Each page is well laid-out and the typeface used is feminine, but still legible.
Although the hardcover is durable, the binding rings are not the most practical. The rings make it difficult to turn the pages without tattering them. I constantly have to unfold the page corners. When the book is closed you can toss it around, but when you have to open proceed with caution. It does come with a list of care instructions, not sure if that is a good thing or a way of saying “we know the quality is not the best, so handle with care.”
In addition to being well designed, this planner gets the job done! The front of the planner has 3 pages dedicated to core values and annual goal planning and measurement. It provides ample amount of room for daily to-dos, including the day’s top-three. It also has an area to jot down items you wish to download, daily and weekly gratitude and features daily inspirational quotes.
I shelled out $50 for the Day Designer, plus $12 for shipping. Now $62 is a lot of money for a planner, especially when I sometimes use my iPad calendar.
Overall, I believe $50 is a bit steep. I think the planner should be in the $35-40 range, no more than $50 total including shipping.
Final Grade: B
Well designed with good attention to function. But, lacks in binding quality, making it a few bucks too much.