Field Notes

Entries from March 2009

Field News:

A Man’s Office Drawer Essentials

March 26th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Gear Patrol, who knows such things, reports on A Man’s Office Drawer Essentials. We’d say they’re more useful in your hand than in your drawer, but it’s a good place to keep the other two while you’re filling up the first. We’d also like to point out that FIELD NOTES would be right at home in a lady’s drawers. (Um, that didn’t come out right.)

Our office drawer isn’t nearly that clean, and it’s mostly full of pencils, Sharpies, FireWire cables, and business cards, plus cough syrup, a pebble from the Guinness brewery, and an NGK B6HS sparkplug. Is that a floppy disk? I’ve gotta clean this thing out, excuse me…

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Colors · Field Notes In Action · Products:

COLORS for Spring: “Butcher Extra Blue”

March 24th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Remember all those times we told you to join the mailing list? Did you? We offered our new COLORS notebooks, “Butcher Extra Blue,” to the mailing list first, and they sold out in a few hours. The good news: you can still score some by subscribing to FIELD NOTES COLORS. Only 100 subscriptions are available, and they’re going fast. Here’s how to get two 3-Packs of “Butcher Extra Blue” and the next three quarterly limited-edition FIELD NOTES without fear of missing out.

UPDATE: Spring 2009 COLORS subscriptions (starting with “Butcher Extra Blue”) are SOLD OUT. Join our mailing list (top of the left column) to get first dibs on our next limited-edition color and subscription offer (Summer 2009).

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Retail Additions:

Social Studies

March 19th, 2009 by Michele Seiler

We’ve added three new stores to our ever-expanding retailer list, a big welcome to Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store in Brooklyn, Drawn and Quarterly in Montreal, and Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City. Finding these stores was a lesson in the power of social networking. Field Notes is on Twitter and we asked people to tweet us ideas for stores in their towns that might be a good fit to carry our stuff. Boy oh boy, did we get ideas! We contacted a bunch of stores and so far three people who made suggestions have nice thank you packages on the way to them. We’d love to hear your ideas, write us at crew at fieldnotesbrand dot com with store suggestions or just Twitter with #fieldnotes in the message and if we make a sale you get a gift.

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Field Notes In Action:

Field Notes = Ax Sheath

March 19th, 2009 by Aaron

Douglass Wilson from the ever-inspiring On Paper Wings chimes in with a missive recieved early this morning: “I am going camping tomorrow night. I needed to pack my small axe in my bag, but I didn’t have a sheath for it. So I made one from a Field Notes.”

Pretty straightforward. We’re backing that kind of ingenuity, Doug. Always.

Field Notes: Millions of uses. “Ax Sheath.” We’ll add that one to the master list!

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Field Notes In Action:

Graph Paper Yoshi

March 17th, 2009 by Aaron


I’ve got a little sister named, “Leah.” And she’s got a boyfriend named, “Jacobus.” They are two peas in a pod.

Anyhoo, he’s really into old video games, going way back to all the first couple Nintendo sets. And what you’re seeing up above is “Yoshi” the turtle thing from Super Mario Brothers. Good work, Almost-Brother-In-Law. Next, I’d like to see a King Koopa, just for the hell of it.

This is what Jacobus uses his Field Notes for, and we’re pretty alright with that. There you go.

(Insert Super Mario’s “Boop Boop Boop, Boop-Boop Buh Boop…” 32-bit background music for heightened effect.)

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Orange now, for the future.

March 10th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

You can subscribe to the COLORS memo book series whenever a new color is released, but to start your subscription with the very first (and thus most collectible) color, you better move fast, only four Butcher Orange subscriptions remain. Butcher Orange is the “Love Buzz” 7-inch of FIELD NOTES. Would you believe me/when I tell you/You’re the queen of my heart?

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Field News:

Futurist Shock

March 4th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

It’s always surprising to learn that someone you respect is aware of your work. It’s an extra thrill when that someone is William Gibson, who, totally out of the blue, blogged some wonderful things about us a couple days ago. Most of us here at FIELD NOTES are big fans of Gibson’s work, and we were ecstatic to see him go out on a limb to promote FIELD NOTES based solely on our aesthetic. To prove FIELD NOTES are as functional as they are handsome, we’re sending him a package right away.

On a personal note, that package may help repay a debt I owe Gibson: When Virtual Light came out in 1993, I went to see him at a reading/signing at Barbara’s Bookstore in Chicago. I asked him to sign the current Wired cover (and most of his back catalog), with a paint pen I’d brought along. My pen splattered silver ink all over his expensive-looking leather jacket, and he was very gracious about it, but I could tell he was pretty upset, and I’ve been feeling cruddy about it for 16 years now. A few memo books won’t make up for that leather jacket, let alone all his books, or the technology, songs, and films he’s inspired, but hopefully it’s a start.

Oh, almost forgot: we’re working on the shirts, and Gibson will be the first to know when they’re ready.

UPDATE: Whew, saved by Xylene. Author, prophet, home economist.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Thanks, again, sir!

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Field News:

Draplin on ESPN

March 3rd, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Our Aaron chats it up over at today about his snowboard-world design work. Of course, FIELD NOTES come up (unprovoked, mind you!), and Aaron shouts out to our early adopters in the snowboard press, and generally does his uplifting “Draplin-Speak™” that never gets old. (In the unlikely event you’ve never seen Draplin’s hotel-sign video, there it is.) Aaron doesn’t know this yet, but I’m his new booking agent, and he’s available to speak at corporate retreats and such. I’m taking 15%, baby.

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