Let me illustrate what I mean. Here is my Filofax Cavendish with a huge number of card slots on the inside front cover:
This layout is very typical of what we see with current designs from not just Filofax but Van der Spek and Gillio too.
But going to the alternative shown here with the compact/slimline de Villiers organiser, the card slots (all 10 of them!) are in the rear inside cover.
Going back through the old Filofax catalogues there are a number of models that have featured card slots on the inside back cover like the de Villiers.
I'm bound to miss some out, but ones that have had them in the back covers include:
- Balmoral - Internal drawing
- Carmarthen - Internal drawing
- Grosvenor - Internal drawing
- Tejus - Internal drawing
- Sherwood - Internal drawing
- Windsor - Internal drawing
- Lincoln - Internal drawing
- Berwick - Internal drawing
- College - Internal drawing
- Richmond - Internal drawing
So which is right and why?
I suppose it might seem natural for the cards to be on the inside front cover because that is the natural way you open your organiser.
However, I started to wonder if the back would be better for the following reason. Which part of your organiser to you write most in? Is it the pages at the front of your organiser or the back? Most people (but not all) will have their diary insert as the first thing in their organiser? Is that the most written in section? It tends to be for me I know.
Therefore having the lumps and bumps that any cards create under the back of my inserts with many pages between the page I'm writing on and the cards would be an advantage. So putting the card slots on the inside back cover would help considerably.
Another thought would the location of the card slots be helpful for left handed people?
So which do you think is right back or front? I think I will ask our friends at Van der Spek to see if they know.