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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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Field News · Field Notes In Action:

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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Colors · Field News · Field Trip:

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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Field Notes In Action:

Support Your Local Weirdo!

May 21st, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

anotherweirdoOur old friend Mr. Walters over at Nerfect carries FIELD NOTES with him to all of Berwyn, Illinois’ finest thrift stores and coffee shops. He’s always sketching and collecting ideas for his paintings and “Artistic Novelties” featuring Diabolical Hot Dog, the “Pug Pack,” and such. After filling more than 40 FIELD NOTES, Mr. W decided to compile a few dozen of his favorite spreads into a limited-edition book; Support Your Local Weirdo!. He only made 40 books and there are only a few left, but if you miss out, be sure to follow Nerfect on Instagram to see what he’s up to, including lots of works in progress and more FIELD NOTES than you can shake a stick at. (Please never shake a stick at FIELD NOTES.)

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Field Notes In Action:

Avalanche Notes at Everest Base Camp

May 20th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

An email from journalist Svati Kirsten Narula:


I took these pictures of my memo book while at Everest Base Camp several weeks ago, thinking they’d be good to send you guys since the back of the memo book actually has a note saying “Tell us how you use your Field Notes”!

I’m happy to report that this memo book survived the awful avalanche that swept through camp on April 25… And that it’s now an invaluable resource for me as I recollect my experiences. It was invaluable always, actually; I’m a journalist and was taking a bunch of notes in this and other notebooks every day while in Nepal. Thanks for making a fantastic product!

Thanks, Svati, we look forward to your report on the avalanche! We love hearing how folks use FIELD NOTES, whether they’re at the Earth’s extremes, or at the local grocery store. Please send stories and photos to

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Field Notes In Action:

Bus Passes and Happy Meals… And Field Notes

July 11th, 2014 by Dawson


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


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


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


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


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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