Books bound to inspire

Books bound to inspire is an SFGate Story on The 1000 Journals Project. It’s part social experiment, part intercontinental art show. It was started in San Francisco by a 30-year-old graphic designer who goes by the handle “Someguy” and finds inspiration in Surrealism and bathroom wall screeds.

The journals have traveled like a modern-day message in a bottle through 35 countries and 50 states. As they have passed from hand to hand, the journals have been hidden in caves, abandoned in airports and used for hide- and-seek.

The 1000 Journals project joins an array of online experiments that promote collective creativity and are linked by a fondness for whimsy and a lack of guile.