Since Winter 2008, we’ve issued quarterly FIELD NOTES COLORS, limited-edition variations on our classic memo books. The COLORS series explores new papers, printing processes, and colors, sometimes adding special packaging and other fringe benefits. This nifty stop-motion film about the 2008-2009 COLORS editions explains the idea quickly, or if you prefer far more detail, watch these video recaps, by year, “The Obsessive’s Guide to Field Notes COLORS Editons.”
FIELD NOTES COLORS Packs are sold in limited quantities and they sometimes sell out shortly after they’re announced to our email list (sign up at the top of the left column!). With that in mind, we offer a subscription model, giving those who want first crack at each of our limited-edition releases (and who didn’t want to camp out in front of a browser, hitting refresh) a simple method to guarantee delivery of a year’s worth of new COLORS as they’re released. Subscriptions cost
$129 JUST $97 which gets you four quarterly shipments including two packs of our limited-edition COLORS notebooks. In your first shipment you’ll also receive one kraft Graph 3-Pack and one kraft Mixed 3-Pack. We also toss in extra goodies with each shipment, just because. It’s a great way to ensure you’re among the first to get new COLORS editions, and guarantee delivery of “doubles” of each pack, even if they sell out quickly.
Here’s a full list of what we’ve offered so far…
Arts and Sciences
Printed 5/14, Edition size: 50,000 books
The 23rd COLORS release is a 2-Pack of bigger “Note Book” sized FIELD NOTES, an “Arts” book with a wine-colored cover and alternating plain/ruled pages, and a “Sciences” book in slate gray with plain/engineering graph paper inside. Both are packed with useful facts and subscribers get a pair of matching 1 1/2″ buttons. More info here.
Printed 3/14, Edition size: 75,000 books
Real American cherry wood covers bound to a kraft substrate. Inside is heavy Finch Fine “Soft White” paper ruled in “maidenhair” light green. More info here.
Cold Horizon Edition
Printed 11/13, Edition size: 60,000 books
A blue gradient across three very glossy UV-coated 120-lb Appleton Utopia One covers. Insides are Finch Opaque 50-lb text stock, tinted a different color in each book — light green, light blue, and cool gray — all with a light gray 3/16″ graph grid. More info here.
Drink Local Edition
Printed 9/13, Edition size:
30,000 “Ales” books, 30,000 “Lagers” books
Drink Up! “Drink Local” Ales and Lagers editions feature heavyweight New Page Sterling Premium 120# covers with a “soft touch” varnish. Each book represents a different brew, with a brief history of each style on the back cover. Inside is Finch Opaque Smooth 50# text paper with a “Hefeweizen” yellow-orange graph grid, all bound together with bright gold staples. 3-Packs include a letterpress-printed coaster. Subscribers receive a chipboard “6-Pack Carrier.”
More info here.
Night Sky Edition
Printed 6/13, Edition size: 45,000 books
Hey, Nineteen! “Night Sky” features French Construction “Blacktop” 100# cover paper with grey text and three groups of constellations highlighted in silver holofoil on the back. Inside is Finch Opaque “Bright White” text paper, with a grey “reticle graph.”
More info here.
America The Beautiful Edition
Printed 3/13, Edition size: 45,000 books
The 18th edition features three full-color covers, “Spacious Skies,” “Amber Waves,” and “Mountain Majesty” printed on meaty 15pt coated-one-side cover stock with 1960s imprecision. Inside is Finch Fine “Soft White” paper ruled in “looseleaf blue.” 3-Packs include a water-transfer decal. More info here.
Printed 11/12, First printing: 60,000 books
Hi-visibility “Antarctic Survey Orange” front cover and “Polar Night Black” back cover, with a subtle varnish effect featuring a topographic map of Antarctica. Body pages feature our popular ‘dot grid’ graph paper. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant Yupo Synthetic Paper. Tough and ready for action. More info. Perfect with our FIELD NOTES Space Pen.
Traveling Salesman Edition
Printed 10/12, Edition size: 24,000 books
Our 16th edition pays tribute to the door-to-door salesmen who moved product and kept the American economy humming throughout the last century. The covers are “Hot Fudge” from The French Paper Company printed with a metallic gold ink and embossed logo. Interior pages are “Eye-Ease” green with green and red ledger rules. Includes an official button indentifying the wearer as an official representative of the Field Notes Brand Co. More info here
Day Game Edition
Printed 07/12, Edition size: 18,000 books
Perfect with peanuts and Cracker Jack, the 15th Field Notes COLORS edition feature Outfield Green, Infield Brown, and Hardball White 100# French Paper Co. covers with dot-grid paper inside. The edition also includes Field Notes Brand Books’ first release, A Drive into the Gap by Kevin Guilfoile. More info here
National Crop Edition
Printed 04/12, Edition size: 7500 boxes
The 14th COLORS edition goes back to our agricultural roots with a custom-boxed set of six notebooks paying tribute to America’s top six crops; corn, soybeans, hay, wheat, cotton and sorghum. Each book features a different French Paper Co. cover and tan graph paper inside. The box also includes a handy reference poster and a 3″ “Crop Edition” patch for your overalls. More info here
Printed 11/11, Edition size: 18,000 books
COLORS’ lucky 13th edition features our first coated cover, Mohawk/Smart Kromekote with “Icy Silver” text and an embossed FIELD NOTES logotype. The interior pages are our first colored paper, with a white grid on light blue-gray 50# Finch Opaque text paper. It’s a new, modern feel for us, and when we say “modern,” we mean “1954 modern.” You know, the FUTURE. More info here
Fire Spotter Edition
Printed 10/11, Edition size: 12,000 books
This dozen-th COLORS edition celebrates forestry and tall towers with a French Construction “Electric Red” cover, hand-printed on a vintage Miehle vertical press at Flywheel Letterpress, with the “Fire Spotter” logo on the back. The interior pages are a light-gray “Dot Grid” pattern. The 3-Pack includes a custom “Always Watching” tattoo from Tattly. More info here
American Tradesman Edition
Printed 6/11, Edition size: 15,000 books
Our 11th COLORS edition features a Neenah 120# duplex cover, “Indigo Blue” on the outside with a vertical linear finish and “Jefferson Nickel” metallic silver type. The inside cover is a smooth “Avalanche White” printed in “Concord Red.” The inside paper is 50# Finch Opaque printed with a light cool-gray graph. 3-Pack includes a sturdy 7″ carpenter pencil and a Field Notes Workshop Reference Card featuring instructions for sharpening. More info here
Dry Transfer _________ Edition
Printed 3/11, Edition size: 15,000 books
The tenth COLORS limited edition looks like our regular Dur-o-Tone “Packing Brown Wrap” 3-Pack with graph paper, but omits our logo and includes a sheet of dry-transfer lettering, allowing you to customize the notebooks with your own text. More info here
Winter 2010: Balsam Fir
Printed 12/10, Edition size: 10,500 books / 3500 gift packs
The ninth quarterly installment of FIELD NOTES COLORS features white, high-gloss, foil-stamped type on a 100# French Paper Company Speckletone “Olive” cover. The insides of the covers are printed in “Wet Bark Black” and the graph paper is graph-lined in a sweet “Coniferous Green.” More info here
Fall 2010: Raven’s Wing
Printed 10/10, Edition size: 15000 books / 5000 packs
From our secret underground laboratory, FIELD NOTES offers the sinister RAVEN’S WING, our eighth quarterly installment in our COLORS series. The covers were printed by Flywheel Letterpess in Freeport, Illinois on an American-made, black-and-charcoal duplex linen cover stock from Neenah. The outside cover is letterpress-debossed and varnished, black-on-black. The charcoal-colored inside cover is printed in black on a vintage offset press. The graph paper is lined in grey and the 3-Packs come shrink-wrapped with a lovely French Paper Co. “Butcher Orange” belly-band. More info here
Summer 2010: County Fair
Printed 6/10, Edition size: So complicated
Even more ambitious than the Packet of Sunshine, our Summer 2010 edition consisted of different covers for all 50 states, with 100# Neenah Sundance Linen covers printed in blue-, red-, and yellow-ribbon ink with “Forty-Niner Boomtown” gold text. Insides were “Babe the Blue Ox Underbelly” graph. The County Fair edition was also available as a boxed set of 50 state notebooks. More info here
Spring 2010: Packet of Sunshine
Printed 2/10, 12,000 books/4000 packs
French Pop-Tone “Lemon Drop” 100# cover, “Ray of Light” graph. Covers printed in three colors: simple, semi-transparent red, green, and orange (the red is actually Rhodamine). Packaged in a custom top-loading kraft-paper packet with a string and button closure and included a small bag of marigold seeds and a die-cut card with growing instructions. Normally our printer assembles and shrink wraps our 3-packs, but this time the books were delivered loose with the components coming from three different printers (and a seed shop!) and everything was assembled in-house, keeping us busy for about two weeks. More info here.
Winter 2009/10: Just Below Zero
Printed 9/09, 9000 books/3000 packs
French Dur-O-Tone “Steel Grey,” Pop-Tone “Sno Cone,” and Construction “Steel Blue” 100# covers, “Frostbite” graph. Featured double hit metallic silver type on the cover. Secret revealed: the “Steel Blue” book has grey printing on the inside. The silver ink was just too hard to read at small text sizes. More info here.
Fall 2009: Mackinaw Autumn
Printed 9/09, 7500 books/2500 packs
French Pop-Tone “Tangy Orange” and “Orange Fizz” and Construction “Safety Orange” 100# covers, “Double Knee Duck Canvas” graph. Our first multi-colored 3-Pack. While all three colors were called “orange,” they were more regularly described as “red, orange, and brown.” More info here.
Summer 2009: Grass Stain Green
Printed 6/09, 5000 books/1650 packs
French Pop-Tone “Gumdrop Green” 80# cover, “Green Mind” graph. The covers were letterpress-printed by hand at Flywheel Letterpress and feature a heavy impression with a tinted varnish for a ‘debossed’ look. More info here.
Spring 2009: Butcher Extra Blue
Printed 1/09, 1500 books/500 packs
French Dur-O-Tone “Butcher Extra Blue” 80# cover, “Double Knee Duck Canvas” graph. Note that the first two COLORS were printed together in the same quantity. When these went on press, we had no plans for quarterly COLORS, or subscriptions so when we released Butcher Extra Blue, we sold out almost immediately. Blue is actually harder to find than Orange. More info here.
Winter 2008/9: Butcher Orange
Printed 1/09, 1500 books/500 packs
French Dur-O-Tone “Butcher Orange” 80# cover, “”Double Knee Duck Canvas” graph. The first COLORS edition was released on a whim and mostly because we thought Butcher Orange Field Notes would look cool. We were right. More info here.