To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the compact audio cassette tape — which was invented by Philips back in 1962 — Moleskine is releasing a line of notebooks featuring debossed colour graphics on the cover. The end result is notebooks that look like tiny recorders.
It’s a lovely gesture, but it would have probably been more meaningful if cassettes still in wide use today. Since they’ve been supplanted by other formats many times over by now, these feel more like an obituary for a medium that for all intents and purposes is dead and buried. Come October 15, you can pick them up in red or green trimmings from online shops like Amazon, and jot down your fond memories of mixtapes from yesteryear.