Field Notes

Entries from February 2010

Field Notes In Action · Partners · Products:

Threadless Winner, Chicken Dinner,
and More Customized Field Notes

February 24th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


You may remember we made some custom FIELD NOTES for our friends at Threadless and they ran a contest on flickr a coupl’a weeks ago. One of the ten winners, Kyle Kastranec, posted some photos of his winnings and shared his winning entry:

So I answered the question of how I would use a custom 3-pack of Threadless Field Notes with this:

I will use the first to plan a chest painting for every single Cleveland Browns home game next season.

I will use the second to document my vintage t-shirt collection (via precise color facsimiles) for future generations to envy.

And I will use the third to help me memorize the name and placement of every human organ in case I decide to become a doctor.

We will certainly follow up with Kyle to see the finished notebooks, especially the chest painting sketches, matched to photos, matched to Browns’ final scores. Thanks, Kyle!

We’ve been crazy busy with custom editions lately. Aside from a few “logo jobs” like these, we did Kids’ “Neon Ice Pop” FIELD NOTES for J.Crew’s “CrewCuts” kids’ store, the aforementioned Threadless books, and a couple other colorful runs we can’t talk about yet, not to mention our upcoming limited-edition Spring 2010 COLORS set, which will be available soon for presale to our e-mail list. Sign up at the top of the left column of this very page!

As always, drop Michele a line if you’re interested in customized FIELD NOTES!

[

Field Notes In Action:


February 11th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

The March 2010 Vanity Fair features a great feature story about beloved Chicago filmmaker John Hughes. Throughout the article, David Kamp describes Hughes as a lifelong writer and note-taker. Page 263 features a Dan Winters photograph of part of Hughes’ extensive collection of notebooks, and just inches from the original handwritten script of The Breakfast Club (A Mead spiral notebook labeled “Detention”) sits a familiar-looking kraft-paper-covered memo book. Most of us here at FN HQ grew up with Hughes’ films, and ever since he placed his first order, we’ve been fantasizing about what great ideas Hughes shared with his FIELD NOTES.

UPDATE 2/25: Aaron Draplin reveals a bit more about Hughes’ relationship with the DDC and FIELD NOTES, and promises to share the whole story someday.

[

Field Notes In Action · Idea File:

Just About The Best Name Ever

February 11th, 2010 by Aaron


Ladies and Gentleman, we bring you none other than Clint David Walkingstick.

If that isn’t just about the best name ever, I don’t know what is. Nevertheless, Clint’s on to something with his cunning use of our “FN-09” General-Purpose Band of Rubber: “A good way to keep the cards tight and right.”

Clint’s a busy guy. He makes shirts, runs a lively blog and is a graphic designer with a way with words.

I’m gonna give this one a try here in Berlin. I’ve got my cards, a Field Notes Band of Rubber and an iron will.

Thanks, Clint David Walkingstick. That is one hell of a name.

[

Field News:

Trendy? Fashionable?

February 9th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

We’re maybe not as hip to the new sounds as we used to be, but we know getting written up on Pitchfork still means something. According to the ‘Fork, we’re featured (or at least pictured) in The Report, a new zine/DVD/cassette/compilation thingy published by Chocolate Bobka. We don’t recognize a single damn artist on the tracklist, so it’s surely great and we’re ordering it right now to get in on the ground floor, like we wish we had with Slay Tracks.

P.S. Yes, that’s Jane’s Addiction in their trailer. Ironic? Not sure.

Speaking of our fingers, and their placement on the pulse, we’d never really thought about what boots match nicely with FIELD NOTES, but SLAMXHYPE kindly tells us we look good with Mark McNairy boots. McNairy seems to be all about reinventing the classics, so the pairing makes sense to us.

Thanks, to you, and you, and you, and YOU.

[

Field Notes In Action · Retail Additions:

Good Company Indeed

February 4th, 2010 by Michele Seiler


We got a nice package in the mail today from our friends at J Crew, their latest catalogue. When we got to pages 94-95 and saw that our Field Notes Memo Books were featured with such iconic brands as Timex, Sperry, Ray Ban, and Belstaff, we just about fell over. J Crew has been with us for a long while, they started by carrying us in their awesome men’s shop, The Liquor Store in Tribeca and we sure do appreciate their support. Oh and our kids dig them too.

[

Field Notes In Action:

A River Runs Through It

February 3rd, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


Eben Lindsay took a few photos and wrote us. Fishing that day was fantastic. We were at the Lower Stanislaus River outside of Oakdale Ca. It was the kind of beautiful California weather that, as an East Coast transplant still amazes me in January. The fishing was good for January, and the light was great for photography. At lunch I took a few minutes to make some notes in my FIELD NOTES about what flies were working and what parts of the river were productive. When I got home I sketched out the best pool and made notes about the current and where in the pool the fish were holding. Thanks for that.

[

Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

The List

February 3rd, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

There’s a lot of stuff in the works at FIELD NOTES MIDWEST and NORTHWEST facilities. Both factory floors are humming with the sounds of non-robotic labor. This might be a good time to sign up for our mailing list, over there on the left. That is all.

[

Field Notes In Action:


February 1st, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

The Offer.
The Destination.
The Package.
The Invoice.
The Content.
The Field.

[