Maybe you’ve never stopped using yours or maybe you have one gathering dust in a drawer somewhere or on a high shelf elsewhere. Or you might have been (re)introduced to the wonder of this 9-ringed organiser more recently through the aptly named ‘Fraternal Order of the Nine Rings‘ on Facebook (it’s a closed group but ask to join…). The fact is that a Deskfax is for life. A bit like a Dodo Pad (ok, we are unashamedly biased) once you are hooked, it is hard to resist its charms.
The fact is that a Deskfax is for life. A bit like a Dodo Pad (ok, we are unashamedly biased) once you are hooked, it is hard to resist its charms.
Whichever category you fit into, whilst Filofax still produces diary pages for the Deskfax, they no longer produce regular writing paper to fit but, somewhat irritatingly, a search on their website would lead you to believe that they still do. (Grrhh!)
Here we have to thank Victoria at Filofax Customer Services for passing people onto us when they call to enquire as to WHY? Panic not…help is at hand!
A little background – or skip straight to this link if you just want to get your hands on paper for your DeskFax!
About 12 years ago, I came to the conclusion that I had to make our original Dodo Pad work in a loose-leaf format to fit my beloved DeskFax organiser. It was red and somewhat worn and getting on for 20 years old by then, but had been my organisational lifeline through the wide shoulder-pad days of the 1980’s when I started in the world of advertising. Move on to a spell in Prague as the head honcho of a certain rather notorious ad agency that fell from grace in the mid 90’s, through early motherhood and juggling paid consultancy (to pay for the nappies etc.) and unpaid work in the early days of saving the Dodo Pad in the late 90’s. It became quite clear that using a Deskfax diary and going to meetings for Dodo Pad was a bit of an unacceptable brand clash!
By a stroke of extreme luck, the Dodo Pad diary was almost identical in size to B5 (176 x 250mm) Deskfax inserts. So (with a bit of a print tweak to the barcode on the back cover and a cheat on the Frontispiece page to include both ISBNs) we produced a small quantity of loose-leaf Dodo Pads. Add to this a ‘DodoPOD’ binder into which you could ‘download’ it (we are talking early days of the iPod…), writing paper and some pouched ‘Dodividers’ and we had our very own ‘DodoPAX’ system… and you may see a certain verbal connection here!
Filofax was still producing writing paper and other inserts at this time, so for me (with my trusty 9 ring hole punch to punch my diary pages) it was perfect. A Dodo Pad diary, no more embarrassment at not using the brand I loved and had worked so hard to save and see flourish), and my Deskfax remained on my desk and in my briefcase for meetings…becoming increasingly battered.
Fast forward to early 2015 and we learned that Filofax was no longer producing Deskfax sized organisers and worse still… no more paper!
We leapt into action. Our paper fitted, it was an excellent 100gsm, perfect for fountain pen with no show through quality and we could produce it with DeskFax holes by creating a DeskFax Hole Punch Bespoke Service to punch our writing paper (and any of our B5 notepad products launched since!)
The process is quite straightforward. You purchase a single ‘Service’ and then as much or as little paper or other of our products that fit a Deskfax as you like. You choose any or a combination of the ‘Related Products’ on the page. We only charge for one hole punching service irrespective of the number of items you buy. If you spend £25.00 or more use the FDXFREE code and we send your order to you carriage free in the UK or take the equivalent off the cost of overseas postage. It is all explained on the page on our Dodo Pad website. If you prefer to phone in your order or have any queries, we always welcome calls during UK business hours – 0345 053 1166.
Simples really. And no need to give up your Deskfax for the foreseeable future! 🙂
Rebecca (aka Lord Dodo)