Field Notes

Entries from October 2008

Field News:

HOW’s OFFICE supplies

October 30th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

How December 08, page 82

The current (December 2008) issue of HOW Magazine features a collection of designer-friendly office supplies selected by one of our earliest Retail Locations (and fellow Futura-philes), OFFICE of Portland, Oregon. Needless to say, FIELD NOTES made the cut. Thanks OFFICE, thanks HOW, we love the universe, we love our listeners, love, bang, crash-a-wocka-wocka.

Customers: buy! Retailers: retail!

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Retail Additions:

Liquor Store NYC

October 21st, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Field Notes at J. Crew\'s Liquor Store Tribeca Men\'s Shop

We can’t think of a better place to purchase/use FIELD NOTES than a liquor store, and J. Crew has made our dream a reality. Their LIQUOR STORE Tribeca Men’s Shop is located in a historic former liquor store and tavern at 235 West Broadway, NYC. The old neon sign, bar, and fixtures) remain intact, a perfect backdrop for J. Crew’s finest menswear and accessories, along with vintage LPs, knickknacks, and FIELD NOTES. Be sure to check out the photos, it’s an amazing space.

Welcome to the team, LIQUOR STORE, we’re glad you found a place for our humble notebooks in your handsomely tasteful establishment.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

10am: Seize Power on Behalf of the Proletariat

October 21st, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Field Notes, Pre-Soviet Russian version. Though this is a 1918 datebook, it was probably produced before the October 1917 Revolution.

We haven’t seen much demand for 12″ x 3″ notebooks, the Mensheviks must have had interesting pockets.

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FIELD NOTES 18-Month Calendars IN STOCK

October 13th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Field Notes 2008 18-month work station calendar

Hooray! It’s Calendar Day! FIELD NOTES 18-month calendars arrived this morning and we’re starting to ship preorders right now. If you like taking notes in a little brown book, you’ll love documenting the passage of time with this nifty work station calendar, and it’s not too late to order. Technically, you still have seventeen months to order, but the limited edition of 2000 is disappearing faster than your 401(k). Think of this as an 18-month Treasury Note from the BANK of FIELD NOTES.

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Field Notes In Action:

Wilderness School

October 10th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Would you believe, dear FIELD NOTES friends, that there may be people out there saying we’re just elitist urban hipsters making trendy notebooks for the coffeehouse set? Probably not, but there could be! But they’d be wrong. Chew on this, imaginary haters:

Amy from Wyoming (do they even have coffeehouses in Wyoming?) writes:

I work for a wilderness school, and I go out and work courses in the backcountry for 30 days at a time. The rest of the year, when I’m not in the “field,” as we call it, I’m in our frontcountry Headquarters in Lander, Wyoming. I like to carry small notebooks with me on courses, for class notes, evaluations, and other miscellany. Up to this point I’ve been using the small-size softcover Moleskines, but it’s safe to say I won’t be going back from Field Notes now. I’ve included some photos I took of my Field Notes on a recent course here in the Wind River mountains of Wyoming. I hope you enjoy them! (That’s my lap the notebook is sitting on.)

See more of Amy’s photos here, with maps and rocks and more rugged stuff.

Yeeeah, baby, that’s FIELD NOTES in the field, right there. Do you carry around the NOLS Wilderness Educator Notebook? The tenth edition? Do ya? Amy does. I’m thinking some NOLS-branded FIELD NOTES would be a big seller.

So help us out, you outdoorsy people, sherpas, biologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, show us your NOTES in the FIELD!

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Six by Six

October 9th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell


Six-packs of FIELD NOTES pens and pencils now ship in handsome 2-mil virgin polyethylene film recloseable bags. A single-track zipper closure keeps out dirt and moisture, and the bags meet all FDA and USDA requirements. Look at them there, warm and dry, neatly organized, waiting for your order.

Don’t forget FIELD NOTES 18-month calendars will ship early next week, what better time to order a year-and-a-half’s supply of memo books, pens, and pencils?

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Retail Additions:

The Land of the Midnight Sun

October 8th, 2008 by Aaron


This retail location opening is a special one for me. See, I spent four dastardly summers in Anchorage in the late ’90s working the dishpits and stovetops of a sightseeing train. You know, golden oldies “seeing the Alaska interior” all the way up to Fairbanks and back. That was the deal.

On my days off, I’d race around town on my bike hitting up the record store, scavenging the thrift stores and stocking up on art supplies for the next “run” up to Fairbanks. I had an orbit for my days off.

Anchorage has everything the rest of the world has, only in smaller doses. It was a little more of a hunt to find whatever sweaty little item I was trying to track down, and I miss those subtle rewards.

I’m proud as hell the good Alaskans of the Dos Manos Gallery believe in Field Notes enough to carry them in their shop. Thank you.

With Field Notes on the scene up there, we’re hoping they “do the job right” for all those hard-asses up there who make the “Land of the Midnight Sun” their home.

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FIELD NOTES 18-month calendar

October 8th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Calendar Our new 18-month calendar is available for preorder in the FIELD NOTES Shop. They’re in production RIGHT NOW and will be shipping next week. If you’re going to stare at a calendar for eighteen months, it oughta be this one. Kick off with October 2009, and you’ll have a page to tear off once a month until March, 2010. Is that a little scary, that we’re even talking about 2010? Our sturdy 5.5" x 8.5" chipboard backing features “REAL BIG DAYS” on the back, and will still look 1940-fresh in 2040. This heirloom-quality calendar is a limited edition of only 1000.

Don’t forget to stock up on FIELD NOTES notebooks, pens, and pencils too. (We’ll ship additional merchandise with the calendar to avoid additional shipping charges. FIELD NOTES memo books, writing instruments, and calendars make a fantastic holiday gift for game wardens, copy editors, and pretty much anyone else who uses written language.

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Retail Additions:

Change of Address: Dijital Fix

October 7th, 2008 by Aaron

Hey Brooklyn! You need to know this:

Dijital Fix has moved, so, tell your friends, update any/all GPS mapping devices and make a note in your Field Notes memo book.

There you go. Back to it.

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Idea File:


October 1st, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Field Notes with Evernote stamp
Our slogan, “I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now,” works for us, but it could equally apply to our friends over at Evernote. As their (superb) elephant logo suggests, Evernote is also in the memory biz. Their software and web services organize and manage all your notes, photos, web links, clippings, and such, and synchronize them across all your devices. If your ideas and inspirations vibrate between paper and screen, like ours do, you might want to check it out. Imagine being able to dig through all your filed-away FIELD NOTES on your iPhone when you need ’em!

But we’re not here to promote Evernote, that’s their job, and they do it well. We’re here to sell FIELD NOTES, and we wanted to show you how Evernote customized their memo books: they used rubber stamps. And it looks great. As you may know, we can custom-print your logo on a moderate-to-large quantitiy of FIELD NOTES. But if custom-printing is beyond your needs, budget, or deadline, a rubber-stamped logo or slogan looks right at home within the FIELD NOTES aesthetic. If you’re interested in custom-printing or a bulk order, give Michele a call.

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