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A French Toast

June 2nd, 2015 by Bryan Bedell


Designers know and love French Paper. We love their range of colors and weights. We love their consistent quality. We love their website. We love their whole CSA-directed aesthetic, their 140-year history, and their long-time commitment to the environment and hydroelectric power.


Everyone has a job to do in this world, and some of our jobs are more glamorous than others. Paper manufacturing is not glamorous. It’s messy, dark, often smelly. It would have been easy for Big Ed, or Jerry, or Brian, or Kim French to say “Paper is boring. Paper is not for me,” and go off and try to make a fortune doing something more interesting, but they all threw themselves into their family business 100% and made it interesting, made it fun. They’ve brought more color, more creativity to paper, and bigger companies are still trying to catch up.

We’ve been using French’s 80-lb “Dur-O-Tone Packing Brown Wrap” covers for our kraft memo books since the beginning of FIELD NOTES. And the majority of our COLORS editions feature French paper covers. I ditched my family for a day while visiting Michigan to tour the French paper plant in Niles back in 2009, and it was the highlight of my summer. Brian told me a Notre Dame design student asked to hold her wedding there, and they actually looked into it, but health/safety issues ruled it out.

Do you get excited when a salesperson visits you at work? When Jerry, Brian, or Kim come to our office, it’s like Christmas. And once in a while, the unthinkable happens: they present you with an all-new swatch book. Except this time, it was even better than that. We’ve been lucky enough to get to know French pretty well over the years, and they were kind enough to give us an advance heads-up on their new Kraft-Tone line. We had a headstart on the design of the FIELD NOTES Workshop Companion and our memo books were on press before anyone had even seen the swatch books. When we used up their whole batch of “Standard White” body paper before it was even announced, Brian and Jerry put all hands on deck to make more and get it to us in time. Totally clutch. Thanks to everyone at French, from top to bottom, not only for this Workshop Companion edition, but also for helping our Great Lakes neighbors, the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, with Two Rivers, and for everything else they’ve done for us, all the way back.

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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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Starbucks Reserve Roastery Edition

November 20th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell


The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room opened on December 5th in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. All of Starbucks small-batch Reserve coffees are roasted on-site. The 15,000-foot space in a historic 1920 building offers tours of the roasting process, a tasting room, and a shop selling Reserve coffees and limited-edition gifts commissioned just for the Roastery.


FIELD NOTES was happy to be involved, we’ve put together an all-new 2-pack of our larger 4 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ Note Books available exclusively at the Roastery. The covers are Graphic Wood Technology’s PureVeneer birch (real wood laminated to paper) and stamped with copper foil. Bound inside (with copper staples) are 64 orange dot-grid pages and coffee facts and figures. Notebooks and coffee go together like… now that you mention it, pretty much nothing goes together like notebooks and coffee, so if you’re in the Seattle area, you can pick up a pack right now!


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So Long to Good Friends

June 24th, 2014 by Michele Seiler

We received the news from our dear friends over at The Paperie in the UK that they are winding down operations in anticipation of retirement. While we are happy for them to enjoy leisurely days going forward, we will certainly miss them as a retailer of our notebooks. Nigel and his crew have been staunch supporters of Field Notes from all the way back to our first year. We have very much appreciated that support and value the vendor/retailer relationship that seemed more like a friendship than business. So good luck wishes to our friends in their retirement! (Oh, and they are having a closing-down sale so check out the great prices!)

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Field Notes meets the new Doxie Flip

November 6th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell


Today marks the release of the innovative new Doxie Flip, a small portable scanner that’s perfect for scanning your receipts, photos, notebooks (NOTEBOOKS!), and other ephemera.

doxieflip_flipnotebookSince it’s battery-powered and cordless, you can scan anywhere. The lid is removable and the bottom is transparent, so you scan anything that’s relatively flat. Scanning is as easy as pushing the big green button on the side. Everything’s saved to an SD card, and can be easily copied to your computer when it’s convenient. Larger items can be scanned in sections and automatically ‘stitched’ back together. Even better, Doxie software allows you to scan a whole notebook, then ‘staple’ the pages back into a PDF ‘book’ to archive or share online. If you’ve got a big box full of completed FIELD NOTES, that’s probably sounding pretty sweet right now.


But it gets better… Order a Doxie Flip direct from Doxie and you’ll get a limited-edition FIELD NOTES pocket notebook, made in the U.S.A. with a French Paper Speckletone 80# Cream Cordtone cover (while supplies last). The “Cordtone” paper has a beautiful, deep texture and the inside pages are plain Finch 50# text.

We’ll post a complete walk-through soon, with a very special notebook a FIELD NOTES user just sent us as a gift.

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At Hightide

March 14th, 2013 by Michele Seiler

We’ve been working hard to get our Field Notes into shops all over the world and sometimes we are lucky to meet people who “get” Field Notes and our philosophy immediately. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the great folks at Hightide to increase our presence in the Japanese market. Yuu from Hightide took the time to visit us at Field Notes Midwest HQ and we spent a nice afternoon chatting about how we could work together. We’re excited to be partnering with such a smart and influential brand. Onwards!

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Rough Trade Shops

October 29th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

We’ve been busy with several FIELD NOTES customizations lately, and one of our favorites is pictured above. Rough Trade’s first record shop opened in 1976 and became legendary in punk, reggae, post-punk, and indie circles. A record label followed in 1978, putting out records by The Smiths, Scritti Politti, Swell Maps, Stiff Little Fingers, Cabaret Voltaire, and hundreds more great bands. The label was spun off from the store in 1982, but Rough Trade Shops’ two London locations are still gobbing in the face of a declining music retail industry, providing a carefully-curated selection for discerning music junkies. We’re ecstatic to know our humble notebooks will soon be on their shelves.

If you think your logo, slogan, or cattle brand would look at home on a FIELD NOTES notebook, drop Michele a line, she’ll be happy to go over the details with you.

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Pants for Your Field Notes

October 7th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


Field Notes retailer MS&Co. has unveiled a new line of U.S.A.-made selvedge denim accessories, featuring a sleeve specially designed for FIELD NOTES. Stylishly protect your FIELD NOTES from the world, or protect the world from your FIELD NOTES (either way).

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Levi’s and Field Notes

July 8th, 2010 by Michele Seiler

levisstoreFNWe here at Field Notes have been lucky enough to have done some cool co-promotions with some pretty cool people. We did a special run of notebooks for our pals at Threadless and just recently did a fun collaboration with the crew at Sound Opinions. Plus, we’ve had a blast working with Oakley, Microsoft MIX, Gowalla and J Crew too.

We are super excited about our latest collaboration, a special edition for a summer store promotion for the Levi Strauss Company. The result is a custom 3-pack with a red, a white and a blue notebook on French Construction 100# cover with a double-hit of metallic silver ink. They are gorgeous, if we do say so ourselves, and they’re only available in Levi’s stores. Find a location near you here and stop in and pick up a pack to add to your Field Notes collection.

UPDATE: A Continuous Lean visited the new Tailor Shop at Levi’s flagship store in San Francisco and took tons of great photos. Thanks for the FN shoutout!

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Field Notes + Evernote = Awesome

March 10th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

One of our favorite people, Interaction Design czar Brendan Dawes, is using some of our favorite software, Evernote to catalog his FIELD NOTES.

For each Field Note book I simply scanned (…) each double spread (…) Then I made a new notebook in Evernote and dropped them in.

Here’s the killer thing though. Evernote indexes handwritten notes and makes the text searchable. It’s not perfect but it now means that my Field Notes archive is now searchable. It also means that they’re always with me; on my iPhone, the web or on my desktop.

Evernote made their own custom-branded FIELD NOTES way back in October 2008, we’ve always known that Evernotes and FIELD NOTES were a match made in heaven.

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