Field Notes

Entries from March 2008

Vintage Memo Book Archive:

An Easy Conscience

March 25th, 2008 by Aaron

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Andy Beach of the Reference Library sent in the beauty above a couple days back, and man, it is rife with greatness.

Page detail: “When in My Carhartt Gloves and “Overall Uniform” I Have an Easy Conscience as I Know They Are Honestly Made by a Manufacturer Who Is Honest with His Employees.”

The same sentiment applies to Field Notes, people. Same deal.

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Prefab Anthropology

March 24th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

We dig green prefab housing, and green prefab housing digs us. Maybe we can work out a trade, how many notebooks for this one?

And we’re hot with at least one Brazilian anthropologist, who recommends our “materiais de antropólogo.” So, um, how many notebooks for Caetano Veloso? Apologies to said anthropologist if he’s Portugese, I couldn’t tell for sure.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Insert corny “Link” pun here

March 20th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

More friendly fire over the last couple days:

Relaxed Homeskool wrote up a lovely review, though we should point out that we’re fairly certain our erstwhile competitors do not actually slaughter moles to produce their notebooks. Naz linked us up, which isn’t surprising because his wife is at this very moment putting labels on outbound packages of Field Notes. Retrophisch also said “hi,” and the mighty Notebookism gave us a second shout-out.

In perhaps the most specific (and Teutonic) link we’ve seen, Field Notes have, in a roundabout sorta way, been suggested as an essential item for WWI German troops visiting the Western Front. We’re waiting for a call from The Kaiser any minute now.

Sooner or later, people will stop stroking our egos and we’ll write something more useful/insightful in this space. Promise.

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Much Excitement Is Felt

March 18th, 2008 by Aaron

On Deck

First off, we’d like to offer up a gigantic round of hoots and hollers from the West Coast back to the good people at Coudal Partners. Many, many thanks for mobilization on the new Field Notes site. Much excitement is felt.

Bryan has been hard at work coding stuff up and providing some hearty links. Good stuff all around. My sleeves are rolled up on another project as these words go to press. I’m currently neck-deep compiling, filing and juicing up our comprehensive, somewhat-official Field Notes Memo Book gallery.

Over the years I’ve been collecting and hoarding these American treasures in my travels from coast to coast. And now they’ve got a home online. Stay tuned. Piles and piles are on deck, being readied, people.

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More links than a Milwaukee deli

March 18th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

The links keep on coming. Thanks for the posts, Samantha Hahn, Josh Spear (“hubbub” is the new “buzz”), Jason Santa Maria, The Daily Saint, and Jason Stimpel. As Draplin would say: “Grand Canyons of appreciation are felt.”

If you’re disappointed this post wasn’t about bratwurst and/or Wisconsin, try this or this. Both are heavily Field-Notes-endorsed.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Funk’s G Hybrid Corn Data Notebook

March 17th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Funk’s G Hybrid Corn Data Notebook Before P-Funk, there was G-Funk, “America’s Greatest Hybrid.” I’m not sure where to start heaping love on this design, you’ve got the phrase “Corn Data Notebook” which is maybe the greatest combination of three words in the English language, ever. You’ve got the essential map of the U.S. of A. with a signpost obliterating North Dakota. You’ve got Futura. You’ve got some sort of corn explosion. And best of all, you’ve got the “Call to Action” (“plant them!”) that clients love so much. This notebook is consistently good, year after year, right down to the pen squiggle resting on the cross-stroke of the “G.”

UPDATE: Check out Americana Resources’ Farm Related Paper Collectibles. Drap, have you seen this!? It’s like the MoOM of Funk’s G Hybrid Corn Data Notebooks.

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More shout-outs, Doane, and a contest

March 17th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Hey, gang. There’s a mini-contest over at Coudal, with Field Notes as a prize.

The buzz from our site launch (and the subsequent Boing Boing post) continues. All weekend, old and new friends emailed us ideas, (one friend showed up at my house with a stack of notebooks she liked) and the blog links continued to roll in, from Positive Space (with some other good sketchbook suggestions), Lambton Book Worm, Magpie and Cake, Not Yellow, Chicken, Sopheava de Lumiere, and 9rules’ “Design Clips.” Thankymuch!

Also, Doane Paper blogged us and ruled (get it? ruled!?) out a partnership, which is understandable. As the lady in the radiator says, “You’ve got your good thing, and I’ve got mine.”

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Field Notes on Myspace

March 14th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Hey, Field Notes has an official Myspace page now, because agriculture-inspired memo books need to go on dates, too, am I right? Be our friend, won’t you? (When this post is history, you can always find the link to the left over there.) Thanks!

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Boingage

March 14th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Oh holy gosh, we’re on Boing Boing. Hi Boingers, thanks for visiting, if we’d known you were coming, we’d have tidied up our CSS file. Make yourselves at home, and tell your friends!

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Liveage (not the Descendents album)

March 14th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Well, we’re live at last, and we’re getting some great feedback. Andy at Pencil Things had some very nice things to say, especially regarding our pencil (he’s an expert!) and our durability (washing machine!). He also suggested this “government pen” as a Field Notes product, and we’re really digging that idea.

We also got some friendly shout-outs from Poppytalk (leaking our special offer, ahem), Sticboy, Kaylow (we’ve “blown up,” in the parlance of our times), Vanja, and a few nice emails with some good input. Thanks, all! Your excitement is getting us even more excited, which in turn will… well, you get it. Thanks.

P.S. RSS feed coming soon, oops! Pardon our dust.

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