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Field News · Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

Thanksgiving Hours

November 23rd, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

Thanksgiving week “local pickup” hours at our Midwest HQ in Chicago:
OPEN Monday and Tuesday, November 23/24 9am-5pm (regular hours)
OPEN Wednesday, November 25 9am-1pm (closed early)
CLOSED Thursday/Friday, November 26/27

We’ll resume normal hours on Monday, November 30. Remember, you can always order online or shop at one of our many retailers.

And we’ll be open extra hours next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for our Holiday Open House, please stop by!

If you’re in Portland, Ore., visit Field Notes’ Aaron Draplin at The DDC Pop-Up Shop Tuesday-Saturday, November 10 to December 24. It’s kinda like taking the kids to see Santa, but for you.


FNC-29: The Snowblind Edition

November 20th, 2015 by Jim Coudal


You know how when you turn your face up into the bright sunlight, even on the coldest winter day, it can totally lift your mood? Well, that’s what our latest seasonal release is all about. Our 29th limited-edition is The Snowblind Edition. The Memo Books are coated with a nearly-magical “Photochromic” ink that changes color when exposed to direct sunlight. Indoors, they’re white, outdoors they’re blue! They’re available in 3-Packs and via a year-long subscription right now.

Field News · Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

First-Ever Second Annual
Holiday Open House

November 19th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell


It’s that time of year when we open our doors to thank you, the people that keep our little notebook machine humming along. Join us at the home of Field Notes’ Midwest HQ, Coudal Partners, for notebooks, libations and holiday cheer! We’ll have all the notebooks and accessories your heart desires (have you seen the new ones!?), plus some misfits, oddballs and rarities (limit 1 per customer you animals). Stock up on holiday gifts, tour the office, and see the Field Notes Museum!

(Optional: if you could RSVP on Facebook, that’d help us plan accordingly, thanks!)

Thursday, December 3, 4pm – 8pm
Friday, December 4, 4pm – 8pm
Saturday, December 5, 9am – 1pm

Field Notes/Coudal Partners
400 N May Street Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60642

Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

Free Shipping in the USA

November 18th, 2015 by Jim Coudal


USA customers, spend $50 or more and your shipping is now free. This includes COLORS Subscriptions!


Watch Us Fall: New COLORS

November 12th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell


Our 28th COLORS edition is now available! Shenandoah pays tribute to Virginia’s astounding national park. Three custom-duplexed green books; “Sweet Birch,” “Chestnut Oak,” and “Red Maple” open to reveal the trees’ fall vibrant fall colors inside, with 48 pages of graph paper, some tree facts, and a lovely birch bellyband. Find out more here, including our film tribute to Shenandoah National Park. Like all COLORS they’re limited, so order now, and consider subscribing to our COLORS series.

Field Notes In Action · Field Trip · Partners:


November 10th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell


Our dear friends at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum invited us up for their annual Wayzgoose Type Conference last weekend. We worked with the museum to produce our Spring 2015 “Two Rivers” edition and we couldn’t love them more, so we took advantage of the chance to visit again. It was sad to see the now-empty space where a large share of America’s wood type was manufactured, but it was great to see the museum packed to the gills with hundreds of printers, designers, historians, and typographers in town for the festivities. We had a great time catching up with old friends, making new ones, enjoying great presentations from the likes of Steven Heller, Marian Bantjes, and Dan Rhatigan, and eating all the fried cheese curds we could find. Thanks again to Jim, Stephanie, Bill, Mari, and Tootsie, can’t wait to see you all again soon! The Two Rivers edition is gone, but we still encourage you to visit and support the Museum whenever you can, they’re amazing people doing important work.

(above, left to right: Matt Jorgensen, Bryan Bedell, and Shea Cahill of Field Notes Brand with Jim Moran and Stephanie Carpenter of Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum at Wayzgoose 2015)

Field Notes In Action:

Gibbons, Pottos, Gorillas, and Orangutans

October 22nd, 2015 by Dawson


Earlier this summer, twenty folks from the Primate Conservation MSc Cohort at Oxford Brookes University trekked through damp jungles around the world to conduct original research projects with an aim of preserving wild populations of primates. Naturally, our waterproof FIELD NOTES Expedition Edition went along for the ride.


The group’s research includes analyzing gibbon vocalizations, surveying wild populations of pottos in East Africa, and observing play behaviors of young orphaned orangutans in rehab centers in Indonesia.


Field Trip:

Park Life

September 15th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

As if it’s not fun and rewarding enough to design and print notebooks, we also have a lot of fun photographing them and making the films that accompany each release. Sometimes it involves some ‘location work,’ and in the best cases that means getting to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. The film for Fire Spotter required a night camping in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin. Night Sky was two full all-nighters wide awake staring at stars in Great Basin National Park in Nevada. For the current Shenandoah edition, we spent three days and two nights at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

If it sounds like a lot of fun, it is! But filming on location is also a lot of hard work. We’re up and on location before sunrise, and head home after sunset. We must load and unload all our heavy gear and sometimes lug it all along through miles of trails. We’re always on the lookout for mountain lions, scorpions, and bears. And, ugh, the driving.

Luckily, this time, the drive was part of the appeal, and as usual, we shot way, WAY more footage than we used in the final film, so here’s a bonus clip. Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive is one of the most scenic roads in America, and while this short Hyperlapse from our dashboard really doesn’t do it justice (the view to the side is pretty majestic and it helps to stop and soak it in once in a while), it’ll give you the idea why it’s worth a visit.

Field News:

Downtime at HQ

August 18th, 2015 by Matthew Jorgensen

Occasionally (rarely) we have downtime here at Field Notes Midwest HQ. Sometimes we play foosball, sometimes we go out for ice cream sundaes. This time we made key improvements to our packing room chalk wall.

This video, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with anything, and especially nothing to do with our Colors Editions. We can neither confirm nor deny that we simply did this for fun, and for no other reason at all.

Music by Joseph Blanski at MossTapes.


Handy Around the House

August 15th, 2015 by Jim Coudal

Workshop Companion

Our Summer COLORS Edition, The Workshop Companion is going fast, these special limited-edition box sets are still available individually and by subscription. So you know, our Fall release is already in the works. For that one we’re employing a classic production process that we’ve never attempted before, to achieve a new, custom look.