Field Notes

Entries from January 2009

Special Offers:

Free FIELD NOTES!

January 30th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Ooh, ooh! Sure, you could PAY for FIELD NOTES, or you could WIN them with minimum effort. It goes a little something like this:

  1. The mighty Doodlers Anonymous is giving away FIELD NOTES 3-packs to three lucky winners who submit a doodle before Friday January 30. Ooh! That’s today! Hurry! See site for details.
  2. Freefroot offers daily product giveaways that promote aesthetically- and environmentally-friendly products. Next Wednesday (If we’re doing our math right), they’re giving away THE KIT to the four entries offering the most compelling use for FIELD NOTES. Set your alarm to follow their countdown, then visit the link provided to enter.

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Products · Special Offers:

Orange goes fast, new products next week

January 29th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Mailing-list members got first crack at preordering limited edition “Butcher Orange” FIELD NOTES yesterday afternoon. They sold out in 27 hours. (The response was so positive, it temporarily seized our shopping cart software, sorry about that!) If that’s not a good reason to join our mailing list (sign up to the left), I don’t know what is.

If you missed out, fret not, there’s a van full of new FIELD NOTES memo books on the way, with some variations requested by you, our beloved customers. There will be plenty of FIELD NOTES for everyone. We also held on to a few Butcher Orange 3-packs, we’ll let you know how you can score those when we unveil the new products next week. Stay tuned!

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Field Notes In Action:

Tweeting to remember

January 29th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Nice one, Lee! Thanks! Speaking of remembering it later: If you’re on our mailing list, and couldn’t get on the site yesterday, sorry about that, response was much higher than anticipated. There’s still time, but you’d best hurry, we’re almost sold out.

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Field News:

Social (Networking) Butterfly

January 21st, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

We’ve just set up a FIELD NOTES page on Facebook. It’s a bit bare at the mo’, but you’ll fix that. Become a fan! See blog posts! Post fan photos and videos! Join a discussion group! You know the drill. Thanks to Beth M., our first Facebook fan, for talking us into it. We’ve got 290 friends over on the FIELD NOTES Myspace page Draplin set up, I bet we can top that on Facebook in no time.

Oh, heck, let’s go nuts and make a FIELD NOTES Twitter account, too. And don’t forget our Flickr pool!

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Field News:

On press

January 20th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

In the next few weeks our ninth run of FIELD NOTES memo books will hit the presses. Not only will this printing be larger than ever before, we’ve also added a few new products that should hit shelves in February (see above for one hint!).

If you’ve been using FIELD NOTES for a while, you may notice that while consistency and quality are always superlative, there have been minor aesthetic changes from run to run. The most notable change on our eighth run was the switch from 1/4″ to 3/8″ rounded corners. Comparing old samples, after we’d already gone to press, we noticed our sixth printing had 3/8″ corners (someone didn’t follow spec!) and we liked ‘em a lot. At the corner-cutting press check (left) we surprised the cutter by asking him to try the 3/8″ blades and he came through for us. We found that a larger radius is easier to cut with more accuracy, and the books just look better. Someday, we’ll tell the whole secret history of FIELD NOTES, but this ninth printing is certainly a big milestone for us, and we appreciate all the loads of support from you, our customers, that made it possible.

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Field Notes In Action · Products:

Calendar news

January 12th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Calendar Anne Holub (of Gapers Block “Transmission” and Field Tested Books fame, among other likely-greater things, but that’s how we met her) found a home for her FIELD NOTES calendar next to a creepy mask from Chicago’s Chinatown.

And MacBuddha has a whole gallery of FIELD NOTES photos including great shots of October and every month since, which would make great tech-ironic iPhone backgrounds, but which are still no substitute for the real thing.

Which reminds us to remind you to pick up a handsome FIELD NOTES 18-month calendar, because January is a fine month to purchase a calendar. Though you could put it off for a couple months and still have a full year of calendar action left (it runs through March, 2010), you might as well pick it up now to maximize your month-age. Plus, we might not have any left by then. We’re just sayin’.

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Retail Additions:

826ified and other retail exploits

January 9th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

We continue to add dots to our retail map. Notably, FIELD NOTES are now sold at two four of the seven national branches of 826 National, the non-profit foundation started by author Dave Eggers. Support their great educational programs by picking up some FIELD NOTES from The Echo Park Time Travel Mart at 826 Los Angeles, or the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute at 826 Boston.

UPDATE 1/23/09: 826 Seattle’s Greenwood Space Travel Supply has also added FIELD NOTES to their stock. Thanks, 826!

UPDATE 1/28/09: 826 Chicago’s Boring Store is on board, too!

Also new to the FIELD NOTES family are Grand in Somerville, Mass, and Mixed Media in Hamilton, Ontario. Welcome to the team!

Whether you operate the smallest Bulgarian “Squat Shop” or an international chain of megastores, we’d love to see FIELD NOTES on your shelf(ves). Drop Michele a line at WHOLESALE(at)JEWELBOXING(DOT)COM for wholesale pricing.

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Field Notes In Action:

“Guide to All Brothers” UPDATE!

January 9th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Not entirely Field-Notes related, but we couldn’t leave you hanging re: the Thatcher Kids Book War, could we? Well, Joel took the high road, instead of the obvious rebuttal (“Why Sisters Smell”?) that we were all expecting, he decided to just beat her on the creative front. The result? The Book of Steve, drawn entirely during church one Sunday morning. Zoe’s creative return-volley (did I just say “volley?” I think I did, maybe we can get these guys on Jr. Layer Tennis?) came quickly and in full color, Mrs. Bob’s Class is more “broadsheet” than “book,” and, honestly, a bit derivative of “The Book of Steve,” but well-done, so let’s just call the whole thing even, awright? Thanks for keeping us up to date, Geoff (dad)!

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