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April 4th, 2016 by Jim Coudal

“When it comes to pocket-sized notebooks, two companies stand above the rest: Moleskine and Field Notes.” Pocket Paper Notebook Showdown, by Thorin Klosowski. We come out pretty well in this Lifehacker one-on-one review, but as far as we’re concerned, when the choice comes down to a huge, multi-national, publicly-traded, manufactured-in-China, megabrand, and us (10 people), we’ll definitely call that a win.

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Downtime at HQ

August 18th, 2015 by Matthew Jorgensen

Occasionally (rarely) we have downtime here at Field Notes Midwest HQ. Sometimes we play foosball, sometimes we go out for ice cream sundaes. This time we made key improvements to our packing room chalk wall.

This video, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with anything, and especially nothing to do with our Colors Editions. We can neither confirm nor deny that we simply did this for fun, and for no other reason at all.

Music by Joseph Blanski at MossTapes.

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Two Great Field Notes Fansites

July 23rd, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

We admit, we haven’t been the most diligent bloggers lately, we’ve been busy “makin’ the doughnuts” (and by “doughnuts” we mean “pocket memo books,” but hmm maybe we do need a doughnut edition?). But if you’re itching to read more about FIELD NOTES, and especially our COLORS editions, you might want to check out these two great fan sites:


Jinnie’s great Three Staples features great stationery-related links along with excellent photos and reviews of her FIELD NOTES collection.


Andy at Field Notes Colors has managed to collect all the COLORS editions, and is blogging about each as he uses them. He’s also compiled a complete list of the Practical Applications listed in each book.

If that’s still not enough hot FIELD NOTES action, don’t forget about the Field Nuts group on Facebook (celebrating their two-year anniversary today!), and the Field Notes in the Field tumblr. There are other good independent third-party sites, but we’ll save some for another post. Gotta keep the blog fresh, right?

And remember, you can always get your officially-sanctioned FIELD NOTES info straight from the horse’s mouth via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, or pretty much anywhere, using the hashtag #fieldnotesbrand. We can’t express how great it is to see so many customers going out of their way to share their love for FIELD NOTES!

And there’s only one way to be the first to learn about new releases and specials: Join our mailing list! Enter your email in the top-left corner here at!

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Two Rivers: Sold Out

July 7th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

Our Spring COLORS, edition, “Two Rivers,” sold out over the weekend. It was one of our favorites to put together, and we’re thrilled to have helped out our friends at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, both with a share of the proceeds from “Two Rivers” and your generous donations (Keep ’em coming!).

Summer’s COLORS edition, “Workshop Companion,” is out now and selling well, grab a box before they’re gone!

We’re temporarily out of Ruled Kraft books and “Expedition” in our shop, but both are on press now, and should be back in stock within a couple weeks. Remember that some FIELD NOTES retailers have stock when we don’t, including recent COLORS editions like Two Rivers.

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We’ll Drink to… Anything, Really.

July 7th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

FNglassess-smAs you know, most of our best ideas here at FIELD NOTES are conceived over a stiff drink in our luxe, smoke-filled mahogany-paneled conference room. Everything must be just-so to get the creative juices flowing properly, but something was missing… until our pal Justin Atkinson set us up with some FIELD NOTES logo-etched glassware. Now our afternoon Old Overholt-and-Diet Barq’s tastes better than ever. Nope, they’re not for sale, you can’t have one, and we’re not teasing a new product/edition. They’ll probably be smuggled out of the office by the end of the week by our kleptomaniac staff, but we’ll enjoy them while we can, Thanks, Justin! Now we just need to befriend a distillery…

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Incidental Entomology

July 6th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell


This guy snuck into FIELD NOTES’ Midwest HQ today on Michele’s back. After a brief photo shoot, we released him back into Chicago’s verdant West Side. Anyone with fewer than eight legs is welcome to stop by anytime!

Update: FIELD NOTES fan Kelly R. wrote in to let us know that our little friend is a Red Milkweed Beetle.

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Summer Hours

May 29th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

IMG_6443If you’re picking up an order or coming to visit our Midwest HQ (in Chicago), please remember we close at 1pm on Fridays through the summer.

Our website is open 24/7, so order online or check our Retail Locations page for other Chicago-area retailers! Enjoy your summer!

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Stacked Type

May 26th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

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Graphic designers generally frown upon text that reads vertically from top to bottom, but here’s one example of ‘stacked type’ we could look at all day. Sadly, this 100-year-old smokestack in Two Rivers, WI is all that remains of the former Hamilton Manufacturing Co. wood type factory, and it will be blasted with dynamite at 1pm on Sunday, May 31, 2015.

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum will be closed Sunday, but museum staff ask you to join them at the site to watch the demolition. If you can’t make it in person, show your support on Facebook, and be sure to pick up our Spring COLORS edition, “Two Rivers,” while supplies last (which won’t be long!). $2 from each 3-pack support the museum. If you love the museum as much as we do, please chip in a few more bucks at checkout, or donate directly to the museum.

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Richard Binder at Work

January 19th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

We never purposefully set out to target fountain pen users, but as things turned out, Richard Binder (who happens to be Bryan’s college buddy’s father-in-law) was one of our first customers, and he wrote a nice review back when we first got started, and that’s led to a devoted FN/FP relationship ever since. National Geographic made a great film featuring Richard at work, and while it doesn’t have anything specifically to do with FIELD NOTES, if you dig our notebooks, and especially if you love fountain pens, we bet you’ll find it interesting.

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Funny Story…

November 21st, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

IMG_5364If you watched our Ambition film, you’ll remember the scene at 1:20 where Shea tucks the package in a big box atop the handcart that Tyler’s pushing to the freight elevator. Turns out we just left it in there and mailed it, and it was returned today with three “Insufficient Address” labels. That’ll happen when you just make up an address. Sorry, USPS!

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