Hipster Variants

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[edit] Clipless

Oxford Padded Index Cards
Oxford Padded Index Cards

If you like the Hipster PDA, but find yourself constantly fiddling with the clip, pick up a pack of "padded index cards" from Oxford. (They can be found at Staples.) These puppies are tear-off pads of index cards (goodbye clip) and the lines on the cards are portrait not landscape (odd, but compelling for the moment). If you don't want to carry around a big block of cards you can tear off a hunk at a time.

Another alternative to the clip is the Levenger Shirt Pocket Briefcase.

You can also go to Target and get their $5.95 index card holder from their home office section of the store. Very convenient: one side has corner tabs to hold 1 - 2 cards and the other is a pocket that will hold 5 or more. Fits in pants or coat pocket.

[edit] The Ductster

The Ductster is basically a modified duct tape wallet designed for the Hipster PDA and 3x5 cards. There is a complete description on how to make it complete with step by step photos.

[edit] Hipster POD

Hipster POD
Hipster POD

I always have my iPod with me, but often forget to bring along my Hipster PDA. I solved the problem by combining my iPod with my Hipster PDA, creating the Hipster POD. It's an easy-to-make accessory that gives me the best of both worlds: Pen-based input and stero output. Step-by-step instructions and photos. Bonus: The back of the iPod make a nice writing surface when writing on-the-go.

[edit] Guest Check PDA

  • Recently, server/waiter friends of mine and I have been using Guest Check pads that we take home from work, either accidentally or on purpose, as PDAs in a kind of parallel to the Hipster PDA of 43 Folders fame. Here are some shots of mine: Guest Check PDA photoset. --atduskgreg
  • As another idea along these lines, the guest checks are available with carbon paper in them; this gives you an instant backup of anything and makes "beaming" easier, as you don't lose the document you're beaming. Also, stealing guest checks from a restaraunt can be dangerous, You can purchase them from either Office Depot or Staples.

[edit] Hipster Mini

The compact Hipster Mini variant of the Hipster PDA uses business card or flash card blanks instead of full-sized index cards.

  • If you use blank inkjet business card templates—like the ones made by Avery—you might find that your pen will only write on one side of the card. The other side is coated with something that causes normal ink to smear right off.
  • A local print shop may be willing to cut and box business card blanks for you by the thousand, for less money per card than the Avery inkjet sheets.
  • For an "end card", use one of your own printed business cards. This doubles as a way to identify your Hipster if it gets lost.
  • If like me you get issued business cards (usually 500), but don't tend to give many out, and they keep changing the company name, phone number, your job title etc, you'll probably end up with a regular supply of unused obsolete business cards, ideal for your Hipster Mini.
  • Staples carries a "mini-folio" from Wenger that is a perfect size to carry your Hipster Mini. It even includes a writing tablet and a place for a small pen. Perfect place for a Fisher Space Pen.--ACGelwicks 13:33, 13 Jul 2005 (EDT)

[edit] Moleskine Hipster

The Moleskine Memo Pocket is just large enough to hold 30-40 index cards (although they're a bit of a squeeze width-wise) plus assorted receipts, Post-Its, business cards, and other scraps of paper. The six pockets allow you to sort your Hipster, and the durable cover keeps your Hipster safe from pocket lint. It's ultra-sexy and portable; ideal for those who love Moleskines but don't really use blank books.

[edit] D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition

D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition v3
D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition v3

The D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition is a series of a hundred different organisational, planning and creativity templates designed for printing onto index cards (a.k.a., the Hipster PDA). These are a subset of the regular D*I*Y Planner forms, re-designed for the smaller size, and may be used either in conjunction with the full kit, with a notebook (such as a Moleskine), or especially as a stand-alone system. Although chiefly inspired by David Allen’s Getting Things Done, an emphasis has been placed upon tweakability and multiple methodologies. The package includes covers (including folding ones with envelopes), plenty of calendars and action lists, a GTD reference card, forms for storyboards and plotting, and various project and notes templates. The kit is available in a number of formats for printing and modifying.

  • The two-up version of this set has got to be the best alternative to buying Day-Timer, Day-Runner, or Franklin Covey inserts. Well designed, flexible, and well thought out, the PDF file occupies a corner of importantance on my computer desktop.--ACGelwicks 13:27, 13 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • (Do the printouts produced by PocketMod fit the Hipster PDA ?)

[No they don't - they are much smaller than a 3x5 card. Pete Phillips 8th Oct 2005] [They would be 3x5 size if you started out with 12x10 paper.]

[edit] Pierced Edition

HPDA Pierced Edition
HPDA Pierced Edition

The Pierced Edition of the Hipster uses the same 3x5 index cards, but adds a protective plastic cover and a metal ring through the top corner. The cards can be bound up using the regular binder clip or left "semi-looseleaf" without a clip while still keeping the cards together. Pierced Hipster Description and Pierced Hipster: Construction Documentation --LetterJ 16:00, 20 Jul 2005 (CDT)

There are also further pictures of the completed project on Flickr.

[edit] Rubber-Band Edition

Simply wrap your index cards with a rubber band. This is an improvement to the binder clip because it allows you to easily pull out a card without unbinding the whole set. Depending on how tight you wrap the rubber band you can determine how easily you will be able to pull out your index cards.

[edit] Hair-Tie Edition

Substitute an elastic hair-tie for the rubber band. Colour-code your Hipster PDA with different coloured ties; use two of a different colour for redundancy and to be able to tell which way is up (for those who have the blank side of the card visible on top).

Any standard-sized pen may be inserted into the top of the stack at a diagonal angle.

[edit] Two-Fold Edition

After using my hipster for a few months, I realized that I wanted more pages and less bulk, and I was also interested in being able to quickly print out my DIY inserts & templates. My solution: standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper, folded twice (once lengthwise, once width-wise), as many sheets as I want, then trim the bottom edge. Instant loose pages. I tend to lump my paper into 2 or 4 sheet "signatures", which allows me to easily group lined, graph, or sketch paper into chunks. I threw a card-stock cover around it and rotate in sheets as needed.

[edit] Slickster Edition

To add a touch of class, use a vintage money clip instead of the triangle clip. Looks a little slicker, clips just as well. Combine this with a nice, classy pen, and you have an upscale 'Slickster.'

[edit] Checkster Edition

Uses a vinyl checkbook cover with clear insert. The cards are visible, protected and accessible, and when the cover is closed, a Pilot G-2 gel pen clips nicely in the fold.

[edit] Lanyard Edition (Neckster)

If you happen to attend trade conventions and have amassed a large collection of nifty, corporation-stamped lanyards (or if you are Billy Collins' mother), you can combine two great tastes by attaching your hipster to a lanyard and affixing the combined contraption to your neck. This will allow you to take your PDA anywhere and everywhere while avoiding all the unsightly item bulges that so frequently mar today's slim, flat front pantaloons. In addition, the Neckster provides a much needed NYPD Blue flair to most outfits.

[edit] Wallet Edition (Buckster)

This might be the perfect pda solution if you absolutely do not want to carry around anything more than you do already... and if you already carry around a wallet.... The very first thing you will want to acquire is a WALLET PEN, a very nifty little pen that clips into the center of your billfold and short enough so that it does not extend beyond your wallet. You can get an expensive one here at http://www.eastgate.com/catalog/WalletPen.html . But i recently got one from http://www.walletgear.com/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=48 at almost half price (pay pal only) - turns out it's made of brass too and comes with two re-fills. I suspect they're the same pen.

Now, for the PDA itself, i created my first by folding a single piece of paper into a 4x4 grid of 16 sheets... then, i simply ripped them apart into discrete sheets (though the feathered, ripped edges look kinda nifty, i feel, i'm sure there must be non-sticky paper pad "blocks" that are of similar dimensions that will serve. Half these sheets (8) are then clipped together with an IDEAL CLAMP which is a butterfly shaped paper clip. And all this is small enough to simply slip into your wallet by your bills, condoms, IDs or in a side compartment!

And there you have it, a complete disgorgement system right inside your wallet that contributes virtually no bulk!

[edit] Memento Edition (Skinster/Nutster)

In a pinch, one could simply tote around a ball point pen and scrawl on whatever available real-estate you can muster on your skin - choosing areas that do not make regular contact with your clothing, such as your palms, tops of hands, face, etc. will prevent smearing and streaking of your notes as well as preserve your clothing from stains. The advantage here is that it is highly likely that you will not lose your data (complete, systemic skin failure being a relatively rare condition in the pen-toting world). Caveats include a long refractory period (it will take a few days for the data to fade completely barring sand paper [we strongly recommend the barring of sand paper]) and the generally mistaken perception that the Skinster user is, in some subtle way, deranged. Although it is recommended that you limit the amount of data inscribed on the Skinster (the more data you write, the crazier you look), it is entirely possible to write up to a short story on just your fore-arms and shins alone. If you can commit space on your stomach and love handles as well, a full novella can be undertaken (if you are lucky enough to feature "packs" whether in the 3, 6 or 8 variety, you have a further organizational resource that you can use to your advantage [chapter breaks?]). And although the vast expanse presented by another person's back is almost too tempting to resist, we discourage this practice, whether it is consensual or not. It is quite likely that the back (person) will be unavailable to you when you need it (him/her) most, is difficult to photocopy and is prone to moving or getting hit by a bus. And then where will you be? Finally, it must be noted that the less toxic the ink, the less likely you will die.

[edit] Rollabind Edition (neojotter)

neojotters: no cover, paper, leather
neojotters: no cover, paper, leather

Combining the HipsterPDA with the Rollabind loose-leaf system is a natural, especially if you already have the special punch. Leave it naked or make fancy covers. Excruciating detail at my neojotter page.

[edit] Battlestar Edition

Battlestar Edition
Battlestar Edition

For all the fans of the series "Battlestar Galactica": cut the edges of your hPDA (you wouldn't want to try that with those inferior electronic PDA-versions!), add the beautiful logo by practising your drawing skills (or if you're too lazy: just print it out) and you got your very own BSG Edition of the hPDA.

[edit] bigger or smaller sizes

[edit] XL Edition

If you have the space to hold it, try using 4x6 cards instead of 3x5. It gives you more space, and if you use templates like in DIY Planner If you have sloppy handwriting, big hands, or just want more per page, use bigger cards.

[edit] Postcard PDA

This variant adds a mail application to the Hipster PDA. Use 4x6 cards (or metric A6 cards) and carry appropriate postage clipped to the card stack. When you have a good idea that someone else needs to see, slap a stamp on it, address the other side, and mail it. 3x5 cards are too small -- and 5x8 are a too large -- for "postcard rate" postage, but will often make it through anyway. That's one less thing to store in your bag.

[edit] Hipster PDA on business cards

Business Card Holder sized HipsterPDA

smaller: Some people cut index cards into thirds (3 x 1+2/3, slightly smaller than a business card)

even smaller: a stack of 1.5x2.5 cards (3x5 cards cut into quarters)

[edit] The Hipster Hard Drive

If you have a blank moleskine journal then you can use that to keep lots of important items such as jokes, stories, lyrics, guitar/harmonica tabs... etc. Also, it's a lot more sturdy then the Hipster PDA, making it last a lot longer.

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