Field Notes

Entries from April 2009

Field News:

Warren Ellis’ Field Notes

April 28th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Another big-time writer/futurist wows us with some very kind words: English graphic novelist Warren Ellis gave us a shout-out on his blog yesterday, resulting in a rush on FIELD NOTES at The Paperie. Ellis’ wide variety of work features superheroes (Nextwave, Thor, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man), futurism (Transmetropolitan), and alternate universes (Planetary), to list only a handful of his many titles. Ellis has also written a novel Crooked Little Vein, and has written for television, magazines, and the web (including a regular column at Among his comments;

Aside from it being just a really nice object to handle and use, a Field Notes notebook feels like an apt thing to have in my hand this year. Futura type and postwar olive.

Thanks! We suspect Ellis learned about FIELD NOTES from William Gibson, who blogged about us a little while back, and we couldn’t help noticing Bruce Sterling’s comment on Ellis’ post. It is now our stated mission to outfit the world’s most-loved futurists with our decidedly back-dated FIELD NOTES. Get in touch, Rudy Rucker! Alvin Toffler, are you listening?

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Field Notes In Action:

Seven-Eighths Time

April 21st, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Violinist Michi Regier travels the world following all sorts of violin-related pursuits: studying folklore, ethnic music, Americana, classical music, and performing at orchestra halls, renaissance festivals, and on the street. When her composition software just wasn’t cutting it in 7/8 time, she turned to FIELD NOTES.

This commentator’s musical tastes generally reside squarely in 4/4 time but I like to shake it up with some math rock. 7/8 is pretty rare in the pop music world, unless you play Pink Floyd’s Money, at 66.6 RPM (please don’t). It looks like Michi’s got a pretty wide variety of music available, maybe I could start with the fiddlin’ and ease into the heavier stuff.

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Field Notes In Action:

Operation: Ixil Triangle

April 14th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

We talk big here at FIELD NOTES HQ, pretending we’re adventurers transcribing secret Enigma code, and not just doughy nerds writing down our sub sandwich orders. We know our product is tougher than we are, we’ve just been waiting for someone to prove it. Well, friends, NOTES don’t get any more “FIELD” than this:

In January, John Pull led an group of construction workers on a field project among native Mayans in Guatemala’s Ixil Triangle. He’s the gringo between the two guys with Israeli assault rifles. And I don’t think that kid got his Che t-shirt at Hot Topic.

But John wasn’t down there inciting revolution, he was working with Helps International, and his team saw more than 1000 patients. They also installed stoves and water filtration systems in 50 homes and one school. John handed out our memo books to the team leaders, so we’re very happy to see FIELD NOTES playing a part in this brave and successful mission. Thanks for the photos, John, and keep up the GOOD WORK.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

American Fence Memorandum Books

April 13th, 2009 by Aaron


Man, that is one good lookin’ memo book.

I’ll forever be blown away by the beauty of these little books. Ya just never know what you’re gonna find out there. So much beauty, and so often forgotten.

I can’t quite remember where I found this one, and there’s something a little bit sad about that. What’s important is that I got my dirty mitts on it, and it’s in safe hands now in the Field Notes master archives, for the ages.

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Field Notes In Action:


April 7th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Another magazine we love, Paste, is talking about FIELD NOTES. In the May 2009 “Paste 7” feature, Production Coordinator Mark DiCristina writes:

If you’re the kind of person who likes to make lists, jot notes and scribble calculations, Field Notes will change your life. If you’re not that kind of person, you should be.

We couldn’t agree more! Thanks Mark, and thanks for the complete PDF of Page 16.

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Products · Special Offers:

Last Chance for THE KIT

April 7th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Now’s your last chance to pick up the FIELD NOTES KIT, featuring 6 FIELD NOTES graph-paper memo books, 6 FIELD NOTES ballpoint pens, 6 FIELD NOTES #2 pencils, and our FIELD NOTES 18-month calendar. This popular limited-edition calendar runs through March 2010, so it’s still got 12 tear-off months left. Only a few calendars remain, and when they’re gone, so is THE KIT. You get $31.98 worth of sweet FIELD NOTES goodness for only $26.95, and save FIVE DOLLARS! Score your KIT right now in the FIELD NOTES shop.

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