Field Notes

Entries from January 2010


To a Tee: Win Threadless Field Notes!

January 29th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


If you’re a FIELD NOTES spotter/completist (and we know there are some of you out there) you may be horrified to learn that we’ve been supplying customized FIELD NOTES to various friends and other cool people for the past couple years. Your complete collection is NOT complete (in fact, neither is ours, we can’t find a copy of the fourth printing ANYWHERE).

Generally, we don’t make a big deal about it, but one of our recent printings is too cool not to mention, and a handful of them are available to the public through a contest this weekend.

Surely you’re familiar with Threadless, the t-shirt empire? They asked us to make them some custom FIELD NOTES 3-Packs featuring one standard French Dur-o-Tone “Packing Brown Wrap,” one Pop-Tone “Berrylicious,” and one Pop-Tone “Sour Apple.” The best part is the paper inside, which features a t-shirt with a graph overlay.

You want these. You need them, right? Well, we printed up a bunch, and we’re not sure what they’re going to do with most of them, but they’re giving away ten on a flickr contest that’s running all weekend. So hurry up and enter, and if you don’t win, you know to keep an eye on Threadless, maybe they’ll let a few more out into the wild soon.

We’ve done a couple other particularly awesome custom versions lately, and there are a few more about to go to press, so hopefully we’ll be able to tell you about those soon. Oh, by the way, do you follow us on Twitter?

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Special Offers:

Spanning the Globe

January 26th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


Last Wednesday we offered a free FIELD NOTES Mixed 3-Pack to anyone ordering anything from Response was positive, to say the very least, and we had a busy few days filling all the orders. A few cheapskates ordered six pencils for $3.49 to get their free 3-Pack, but hey, the deal said “anything,” and we stood by it. Ain’t nothing wrong with taking advantage of a good deal.

Here at FN HQ, we all buckled down and packed orders (in my case, forgetting the free 3-Pack half the time and having to re-pack orders). All the bulging kraft-paper envelopes were traveling to points all over the globe by Friday morning, and we’ve started to see the usual (and appreciated!) blog postings, emails, flickr photos, and such that accompany any FIELD NOTES mailing blitz. As just one example, Tom Zeigler of NYC sent the photo above of our “FN-09 General Purpose Band of Rubber” TOTALLY DOMINATING his rubber band ball.

If you missed out on this surprise offer (it was a surprise even to us until Wednesday morning), you’ll certainly want to sign up for our mailing list, up there in the top left corner of the page. If an occasional email is too much to bear, try our RSS feed (but only the mailing list gets new COLORS presale announcements!).

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Field Notes In Action:

Durable Words on Durable Pages

January 21st, 2010 by Aaron


I got a nice email from one Sarah Smarsch just as summer was coming to a close. She and her husband-to-be were going to be using Field Notes for their wedding vows! Here’s what she had to say,

“You see, because of the style and class that Field Notes brand possesses, we chose to use the little books to write our wedding vows in.  Ideas became drafts and drafts became our spoken promises to one another.”

Now if that doesn’t stick to yer ribs, I don’t know what will.

We can’t tell you how proud this makes us feel, seeing our little memo books get the job done in one of the biggest moments in a couple of lovebird’s lives. Hell, I’m crying big ol’ crocodile tears as there words go to print.

We wish you kids nothing but the best, with long, long lives and 14 beautiful, bouncing babies; who all learn how to write on the pages of Field Notes memo books.

Durable words on durable pages, people!

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Field News:


January 18th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

FIELD NOTES fan Antonio C. writes

I’m a big fan of your notebooks and I was wondering what font you used when printing them.

Well, Antonio, we could talk about that all day! As you will find in the extensive technical specifications on the inside back cover of any FIELD NOTES memo book, we use the typeface FUTURA, designed by Paul Renner in 1927. You can learn more about Futura from Wikipedia or Typophile. It’s a versatile sans-serif typeface, and it has remained popular with designers since its inception. Renner was not associated with the Bauhaus, but Futura is definitely of the same clean, geometric, modern mindset.

Futura trivia:

  • Futura Bold is used in a treatment eerily-similar to ours on Vampire Weekend albums.
  • IKEA’s decision to switch from Futura to Verdana in their catalog and signage caused a huge stir in 2009.
  • Director Wes Anderson is sort of obsessed with Futura. Most of the text in his films (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, etc.) is set in Futura.
  • If you happen to have Futura installed on your computer, the headlines on FIELD NOTES BRAND website look a lot better (Otherwise, they’re in Helvetica!).

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Field News:

We’re Number 7!

January 12th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

First off, thanks to The Independent! We’re Number 7 on their “50 Best Stationery” list for 2009.


In calendar news, North Coast Zeitgeist have been big supporters of our FIELD NOTES calendars, hyping them a few times now. This year, NZ and their friends at Cranky Pressman put out their own great 2010 wall calendar and sent us a copy (above). Just as you can never have too many notebooks, you can never have too many handsome calendars.

(Start your collection with a limited-edition FIELD NOTES 2010 calendar, while they last!)

And last but not least, FIELD NOTES BRAND has been named as the presenting sponsor of The Morning News’ 2010 Tournament of Books, continuing Coudal Partners’ long involvement in the tournament. We’ll have much more news on that as spring approaches.

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Retail Additions:

More White Dots For Our Map!

January 8th, 2010 by Michele Seiler


It’s time for another roundup of our newest retailers! First, we head west to Santa Cruz to say hi to CAMERON MARKS. Staying in sunny CA, we move over to Newport Coast and welcome JUXTAPOSITION HOME. Next up, we’ve added a retailer in Nashville, TN, CALDWELL COLLECTION. The sweet storefront pictured above is our newest retailer in Tokyo, Japan, INAHO. In Brooklyn NY we say hello to BY AND BY and finally, let’s jump across the pond to greet THE PERFECT PAD which is located in Norwich, UK. (Link is temporary while they build their new site, fyi) Phew. Welcome to all or new friends and Happy New Year to all the dots on our map.

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Idea File:


January 4th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


Our friend Jill Kuczmarski was at a Hamilton Wood Type Museum workshop up in Wisconsin a couple weeks ago. The Workshop was led by Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print fame, who brought along some vintage lumber from Hatch’s Collection.”


Jill noticed her classmate, AIGA Wisconsin VP Gage Mitchell, loading up his FIELD NOTES memo books with Hatch imagery and cuts from Hamilton’s “Globe Collection,” the results of which are shown here. Thanks for the images, Gage!


Gage and Jill add that Jim Moran and the other people who run the museum are “ridiculous nice and need all the support they can get.” Supporting the Hamilton Wood Type Museum also scores you some good benefits and allows you to use their print shop for $35/day.

UPDATE: The film Typeface, a documentary about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, is playing later this month at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago. (Thanks, STA Chicago!)

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