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Colors · Film Archive:

How Do Subscriptions Stack Up?

January 12th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

Stacking Up
With five years (and 21 editions) of Field Notes COLORS notebooks behind us, It’s time to look at what a COLORS subscription really means.

Our Made-in-USA limited-edition notebooks make a great gift! Subscriptions are available now, starting with our Winter Cold Horizon edition.

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Drink Up!

November 10th, 2013 by Jim Coudal


Usually our films are meandering meditations on something sorta related to the latest edition, but in knowing how well beer and commercials go hand in hand, here’s our first thirty-second, TV-ready spot.

Our 20th edition of FIELD NOTES COLORS notebooks, “Drink Local” is on sale now and going fast. This time it’s two different 3-Packs, “Ales” and “Lagers,” each featuring three different “soft-touch”-varnished colored books and a letterpress-printed coaster. And there’s a pretty great bonus for subscribers. Be sure to top up your pint quickly, “Last Call” always comes sooner than anyone expects.

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This Edition is Long Gone, But Not the View from the Top of the Tower

October 17th, 2013 by Jim Coudal


Just because it’s really starting to feel like fall, here’s another look at a film we made a couple years ago in north central Wisconsin.

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Colors · Field News:

A Toast: Let’s Post About Coasters!

October 3rd, 2013 by Bryan Bedell


Can we tell you more about the letterpress-printed coasters you’ll find in our “Drink Local” Ales and Lager 3-Packs? We didn’t clutter ‘em up with the usual paragraph of production notes, so we’ll share some details here:

FIELD NOTES fans know we’ve been working for years with the amazing Dan Barron at Flywheel Letterpress in Freeport, IL for years. He was all set to do the coasters, until his girlfriend got a teaching job a couple hours from Freeport. Dan had to pack up and move quickly, and decided to sell his printing business and all his equipment.
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The XX

September 24th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

Our handy graphic is updated to show all twenty (!) of the the seasonal limited editions we’ve released so far. How many of them do you have?

FIELD NOTES COLORS seasonal 3-Packs are sold in limited quantities and they have a tendency to sell out almost immediately after they’re announced on our email list (sign up at the top of the left column!). Our newest release for fall, The “Drink Local” edition is selling like, beer to a thirsty crowd. Keep in mind, we also offer a yearly subscription, giving those who want first crack at each of our releases (and who didn’t want to camp out in front of a browser, hitting refresh) a simple method to guarantee delivery of four season’s worth of new COLORS. And trust us, you are going to want what we’re working on for the winter, it’s going to be very cool

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Colors · Field Notes In Action:

Did the Australians Have the Tiki Idol?

September 17th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell


Chris Broughton of Crash Bandit Photography took our Expedition notebooks on a trip to Guatemala. He writes:

I just wanted to thank you for making such a great notebook. It was great for writing down all the names, places and minor details I almost always forget. But another great thing it did was help me catch tarantulas when they got into people’s rooms. This guy here was captured out of the Australians’ room. You’d think they’d deal better, haha.

We thank you for the photo, Chris, especially Michele, whose love for arachnids is well-known. We suspect we’ll be hearing from some Australians soon. “That’s not a spider, THIS is a spider” kinda stuff.

Fall COLORS very soon, people, sign up for the list (up there to your left) if you want early dibs, or order a subscription. We deliver just about everywhere. Even Australia.

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The Stars and Their Courses
Summer: The NIGHT SKY Edition

August 15th, 2013 by Jim Coudal


For our nineteenth seasonal release, we’ve created a set of memo books that celebrates the summer starscape above North America. Each of the memo books in the 3-Pack features a slice of the sky (early, mid-, and late summer), as well as important constellations (in holographic foil!) and notes for star gazers. For the summer of 2013, we’re proud to present THE NIGHT SKY EDITION.

Just about a week after release, 3-Packs of the “Night Sky” edition sold out. Thanks everyone! We still have a few packs set aside for subscriptions, so subscribe now to get “Night Sky” and be guaranteed delivery of our next three quarterly COLORS editions. Also remember that many of our retail locations may still have “Night Sky” in stock.)

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Who’s Got What?

July 26th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

If you collect our seasonal limited-editons and other releases and are on Facebook, you might want to check out a group that some Field Notes fans have started there to “discuss editions and to trade or sell their collections.” We’ll pop in when we have relevant information to share too. Thanks to Todd L. for starting the group and to Robert M. for showing his awesome collection.

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Bye, Bye

June 21st, 2013 by Bryan Bedell

Just about a week after release, 3-Packs of “Night Sky” edition FIELD NOTES are now SOLD OUT. We still have a few packs set aside for subscriptions, so subscribe now to get “Night Sky” and be guaranteed delivery of our next three quarterly COLORS editions. Also remember that many of our retail locations may still have “Night Sky” in stock.)

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Colors · Field Trip:

“It’s So Bright and Clear That it Feels Like You Can Practically Walk Out on the Milky Way.”

June 19th, 2013 by Steve Delahoyde


When we were coming up with ideas for what to put together for a short film for the Night Sky Edition, we ran into a couple of issues: First, we’re in Chicago, which is a very large, well-lit city, something that isn’t generally conducive to capturing the infinite vastness of space (on a cloudless night, even a ways out in the country, you’re lucky to see even half a dozen stars). Second, how do you try and capture said impressive vastness? While we thought it all through, we made two determinations: clearly, we needed to go somewhere dark, and maybe we didn’t necessarily need to be constrained by the “short” in short film.


The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can’t see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time.



The story of how this all came to be, is below.
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