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Field Notes In Action:

Bus Passes and Happy Meals… And Field Notes

July 11th, 2014 by Dawson

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Field Notes makes a cameo in Lizzo’s music video for Bus Passes and Happy Meals. Thanks for the tip Frank!

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Field Notes In Action:

…And One for Justice.

April 7th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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Erik Schneider included some Field Notes love in “To Do,” a comic he drew up for Chicago Zine Fest.

Thanks, Erik, good to know you’re on our side!

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Field Notes In Action:

Unidentified Field Noted Objects

March 19th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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Several FIELD NOTES users have reported an unusal FIELD NOTES sighting on Discovery Channel’s “Close Encounters” television program. Episode 7 features a dramatization of the 1980 “Rendlesham Forest Incident” near an Air Force base in Suffolk, England. According to Wikipedia: “Sgt. Jim Penniston later claimed to have encountered a ‘craft of unknown origin’ and to have made detailed notes of its features, touched its “warm” surface, and copied the numerous symbols on its body.”

So… yet another reason to keep FIELD NOTES (and your Fisher Space Pen) on hand at all times!

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Field Notes In Action:

“A Testament to the Work I’ve Done”

March 17th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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Longtime Field Notes user Brett Peters had a pretty bad day last week:

Yesterday, my company closed without warning. There was no more money left, and with no money, none of us had jobs. I work from home, so I didn’t have the physical sense of cleaning out my office. I didn’t leave a space to never come back to it – instead, there’s the corner where my computer sits, where I’ve happily worked for years.

So this morning I sat down to clean out my office. I build… built virtual carriers, carriers which use the wireless networks of companies like Sprint and Clearwire. Virtual things don’t leave evidence behind. There wasn’t a lot to clean out, but there were my Field Notes notebooks. 22 of them. I’d managed millions of dollars of expenses with those little books, millions of dollars of project revenue with them.

Those I can keep. That stack of little books is a testament to the work I’ve done.

Hearing that means a lot to us, that our little notebooks can provide at least a bit of comfort and familiarity in the midst of a terrible situation. For people (most of us, these days) who spend most of their time in the magical realm of the internet, spending years of their life working hard to provide an etherial but necessary service, a tangible, well-worn notebook can help keep it all in perspective.

Our best wishes go out to Brett, you can read much more detail about his job and his Field Notes on his blog. If your company is looking for an IT guy, we hope you’ll give him a shout.

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Field Notes In Action:

Mission Accomplished!

February 7th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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Check out “A Great Adventure,” the Scott Expeditions five-minute summary video on the completed journey. Yay team.

We’re totally psyched to be a sponsor of Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere, and their now successful Scott Expedition, an 1,800-mile unsupported trek completing Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey from 100 years ago. The crew took our Expedition Edition along for note-taking on this historic journey to the South Pole and back again on foot. Find more information at the Expedition blog.

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Field Notes In Action:

Expedition: Expectation and Experience

February 7th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

FNtestCBack in the Winter of 2012, we put our waterproof, tearproof Expedition notebooks through 12 tests. Some were rigorous, some were kind of silly, one (above) was sort of more toxic than we expected, but none of our testing compared to the real-world challenge for which they were designed: Ben Saunders’ journey on foot to the South Pole and back. As it turned out, Ben’s trip was delayed until this winter, but today, after years of planning and training, Ben and Tarka finished their amazing trek. They have more important things than Field Notes PR to worry about right now (eating, sleeping, healing, getting back to their families and friends) but we’ve caught glimpses of well-used Expeditions through their adventure, and we look forward to learning how their Expedition books were used and how they held up. So celebrate their success today, and keep watching this space.

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Field Notes In Action:

A Cameo

January 7th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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We were surprised and delighted to see one of our original craft memo books make a surprise appearance in the season finale of the New Orleans-based HBO drama Treme. Thanks for that and thanks to CommaQ_Arch in Montana for grabbing this image.

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Field Notes In Action:

Tested Again!

December 20th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell

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Jamie and Adam’s mighty Tested.com has been kind enough to give Field Notes a few shout-outs, and we’ve made several cameos in their videos. We were honored to make their “12 Days of Tested Christmas” list today, thanks so much, Will!

Order today! Christmas is only a few days away and the weather outside is… sketchy.

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Field Notes In Action · Idea File:

Sharing an Uncommon Wealth of Sketches

November 8th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell

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We love seeing how FIELD NOTES are used, and luckily we get a lot of scans and photos from customers via email, our facebook page, and our flickr group. But rarely do we get to see and hold a well-worn, completed notebook full of ideas and sweat and love. Christopher Versackas was kind enough to send us a yellow Massachusetts “County Fair” full of drawings of noted Bay Staters. Titled “A Collection of Portraits of the Historic and Influential from or Involved with the Greate State Commonwealth* of Massachusetts XOXO,” the book includes a couple dozen drawings (in a variety of mediums) including historical figures (Anne Hutchison, John Adams); authors (Jack Kerouac, Henry David Thoreau); artists (John Singer Sargent, Chris Burden); musicians (“State Luminary” J. Mascis, Jonathan Richman); and anarchists (Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Nicola Sacco). We wrote to thank Christopher and confirm his address so we could mail it back. He replied “Please feel free to keep the physical copy. Sharing the final result with others has always been my favorite part of the sketchbook process.”

In the spirit of Chris’ kind act of sharing, we’ve scanned the whole book using our nifty new Doxie Flip. Here’s the entire book, (compiled in the Doxie software) both as a full resolution PDF book (14.3MB) and a scaled-down web-resolution PDF (1.7MB). Chris says “I hope it encourages others to pick up a pen and start doodling too”, and we ask that you respect Christopher’s intellectual property and use the book only for your personal perusal/inspiration. (If we see Robert Lowell t-shirts on Etsy, there will be trouble.) Thanks, Christopher!

* A more cynical observer could argue that Christopher’s act of kindness was essentially a passive-agressive reminder that Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky describe themselves as “Commonwealths,” not states. During our extensive “County Fair” research, this was considered, but it was decided that we didn’t have time for their persnicketiness (never mind that we opted to spell Hawai’i with an apostrophe). Perhaps with future reprints, we’ll reconsider our decision, though residents of those four states will need to step up their FIELD NOTES consumption to clear out existing inventory.

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Field Notes In Action · Idea File:

FN iPhone UI Hack

October 1st, 2013 by Bryan Bedell

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Dan Provost is a UI designer and he’s come up with a nifty hack to sketch up iPhone interface ideas in his FIELD NOTES. His write-up includes downloadable artwork to order your own stamp, but other possibilities are, as they say, endless. Thanks to Enon on Field Nuts for the link!

(btw, Dan’s site name “The Russians Used a Pencil” is a reference to a not-entirely-true story about the development of the Fisher Space Pen, which we just happen to have for sale. Synergy!

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