Field Notes

Entries from October 2009

Field Notes In Action:

Customized by Cotton

October 30th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell


A few weeks ago, COLORS subscriber Ladd Cotton of Salt Lake City, Utah fired up his Smith Corona and typed us a letter about his FIELD NOTES customization projects. Ladd’s been making hand-stitched leather covers and adding ledger information to each page for some adventurous friends and family. The other day, he followed up with an email and some photos:

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Field Notes In Action:

The Feeling is Mutual

October 26th, 2009 by Michele Seiler

We Love You So
We’ve been following along over at We Love You So for awhile now. It’s the blog for the amazing Where The Wild Things Are movie. They post things about Maurice Sendak and the movie, stuff about Spike Jonze and filmmaking and feature other items of interest as well. We are so pleased that we are an item of interest, they choose to feature Field Notes on the blog! Thanks to Molly and the great folks over at We Love You So for the nice words. The feeling is mutual.

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Field Notes In Action:

Field Notes, fighting lens flare

October 21st, 2009 by Bryan Bedell


Filmmaker Juan Camilo Barriga in Rome writes:

I am currently shooting a short film. And we didn’t have an eyebrow for the camera at the time so I improvised with my field notes. The only downside is that I had to take the cover off. But now it is back on the notebook!!
Field notes are awesome! I not only use them as makeshift equipment for cameras, but it’s also where the shot lists are made and where the storyboard is born!

So add “Prevent lens flare” to the list of uses for FIELD NOTES! (Maybe we’ll look at some matte black paper for COLORS?) Thanks, Juan!

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“Mackinaw Autumn” COLORS subscriptions

October 20th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell


NOTE: FIELD NOTES COLORS “Mackinaw Autumn” subscriptions are SOLD OUT. Check the COLORS page for our current offering, and join our email list for first dibs on the next FIELD NOTES COLORS.

The fourth in our FIELD NOTES COLORS series of seasonal limited-edition memo books, “Mackinaw Autumn” has been released for Fall 2009. 500 3-Packs of these tri-color graph paper books sold out in less than 24 hours, a new record. Thanks to everybody on our mailing list! FIELD NOTES COLORS subscriptions starting with “Mackinaw Autumn” are available now.

Like a shrink-wrapped and pressed collection of fall leaves, this edition contains three different cover colors, all from the French Paper Company in Niles Michigan; one in a burnt red, one in a running-board brown, and one in a harvest moon orange, all with brown text.

  • Sketches for award-winning Jack-o-Lantern designs.
  • The Twitter handle of the blonde girl at the bonfire.
  • Lecture notes and/or Beer Pong tournament brackets.
  • Set lists.
  • Fantasy football rosters and trade ideas.
  • The things that suck about your current job.
  • The things that don’t suck about starting your own thing.
  • Anything by William Carlos Williams.
  • Planning for canning and making jams.

Our “Mackinaw Autumn” memo books are the perfect place to record, analyze, and solve these important issues of the season. Subscribe to FIELD NOTES COLORS and never miss a new installment, and be sure to sign up for our mailing list (top left of this page) to find out about special offers and limited editions before they’re available to the public.

UPDATE: Subscribers now get two BONUS standard 3-Packs, one Graph and one Ruled. More details here. That’s TEN 3-Packs over the course of your subscription, plus the usual extra goodies.

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Colors · Field News · Retail Additions:

Coinkydink in Brooklyn

October 14th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell


This weekend we got two emails, one from my old friend Zach Matthews, and one from Jim’s old pal David Sutton. Both were wandering the streets of Williamsburg in Brooklyn and saw our Mackinaw Autumn FIELD NOTES in a shop window. Both of them were thoughtful enough to send us an eerily similar photo (David’s is on the left, Zach’s is on the right). The shop in question is dijitalfix, which you may remember from Michele’s Brooklyn Field Trip. Thanks, David, Zach, and dijitalfix!

Limited-edition FIELD NOTES COLORS “Mackinaw Autumn” 3-Packs sold out in presale via our email list, but there are still a few available at selected retailers or via subscription.

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Field Notes In Action · Idea File:

Laser Action!

October 9th, 2009 by Aaron


The good people of NewCity in Blacksburg, Virginia got a wild hair and did some laser cutter experimenting on a “Butcher Orange” Field Notes memo book. That’s what you are seeing above. That logo is etched in for the ages!

And check that little “NewCity” tag on the edge. Nice little touch!

Glenn “Helvetica Tramp Stamp” Sorrentino manhandled the laser, Sara Andrew took the shot and Brian Maddox put the whole thing together for public consumption. A team effort with awesome results.

Field Notes internal wholeheartedly endorses all customization of our memo books. Now is the time! Get creative, people.

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Retail Additions:

Big welcome to our newest retailers!

October 6th, 2009 by Michele Seiler

Give a big welcome to our latest additions to our Field Notes retail family! Say hi to the nice folks at UNIV in Encinitas, CA, Flotsam and Jetsam in Grey Lynn, New Zealand, Fresh in Salt Lake City, UT, Sign With Prestige in Fort Collins, CO, Engineered Garments in Tokyo, Japan, and old-school Mr. Lee’s General Store and Haberdashery in Vancouver BC. Welcome!

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