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Field Notes In Action:

Tested Again!

December 20th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell


Jamie and Adam’s mighty 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

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


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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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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Field Notes In Action:

Write of the Living Dead

September 16th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell

Design Rangers tipped us off that we might want to take a look at Nerf’s new Target-exclusive Zombie Strike toys:


Michele headed over to Target and found the Nerfery in question. Aside from being pretty awesome in general (who doesn’t need a polyurethane foam machete?), the packaging features a familiar kraft-paper notebook on the back!


We’re not sure who to thank over at Nerf, but we’re glad to see FIELD NOTES employed in the war on the undead, and please excuse me, because, uhm, an important project just came whizzing past my face and I need to retaliate.

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Field Trip:

Kern This

July 31st, 2013 by Jim Coudal

Watching Aaron adjust analog letter-spacing is a thing of beauty. He’s prepping our booth at The Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City. Michele and Bryan are there this week too, so stop by the Pavilions area and say hello if you’re walking the floor. Our Expedition Editions, Space Pens and everything else are ready for your shelves.

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Field Notes In Action:

A Cameo in London’s National Portrait Gallery

July 10th, 2013 by Jim Coudal


We just received a note from dedicated Field Note user John Pull. Last time we heard from John, he on a field project among native Mayans in Guatemala’s Ixil Triangle. This letter was a bit different.

I find myself in the unexpected position of having brought Field Notes to London’s National Portrait Gallery. My friend Humphrey Ocean has painted me several times, and one of my sittings (clean-shaven, post-Guatemala) is on display through September 1st at his NPG show “A Handbook of Modern Life.”

On seeing the painting several friends have said, “That’s a Field Notes in your shirt pocket!” They’re right. I thought the detail was too subtle to mention but they’ve made me promise to let you know.

That’s not too subtle for us, thanks John.

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Field Notes In Action:

Following Scott

June 28th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

We’ll have lots more to say about this as it gets closer, but here’s a great article at Sidetracked by Ben Saunders on how and why he’s mounting The Scott Expedition, an 1,800-mile polar journey on foot. We’re proud to be supporting Ben and even prouder that our Expedition Edition is going along with him.

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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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Field Notes In Action:

What Has It Got in Its Pocketses?

March 28th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

“This had become an absolutely vital part of my Every Day Carry.” Adam Savage, of Mythbusters fame, empties his pockets on the latest episode of the video podcast and describes what he keeps with him at all times. Check at the four-minute mark where he reveals he’s currently rocking the National Crop Edition “Hay” memo-book and the Matte Black Field Notes Space Pen. Thanks a million for that. Here’s the site. Bookmark that, it’s always full of cool stuff.

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