For some of us, the items we choose to put in our pockets each day are selected with cool, scientific logic. Everything has a purpose and serves that purpose in a well-designed, compact and efficient way. Now, it goes without saying that a Field Notes Brand Memo Book is essential and for many people, some sort of wallet for cash, ID’s and cards is too. So, we worked with Iron & Resin in Ventura, California to create the Field Notes Brand “Everyday Carry” which organizes all your stuff in one beautiful package. Check out the newest addition to our line of leather goods, along with the “Pony Express” Leather Pouch and the Gentlemen’s Memo Book Cover too.
November 13th, 2013 by Jim Coudal
November 12th, 2013 by Michele Seiler
Our friends over at Imperial Barber have put together a holiday Field Shave Kit that includes one of our kraft notebooks “to document your adventures as a clean-shaven gentleman.” You can check out all the details here. Imperial Barber makes all their products in the U.S.A. and is dedicated to the art of classic American men’s grooming. Guys, bring your A game mug to your next holiday party.
November 11th, 2013 by Jim Coudal
If you have a store and you’re not carrying Field Notes Brand products for the holidays, what’s up with that? It’s not too late. Yet. Drop a note the crew via email or give them a ring at (312) 243-1107 and we’ll get you set up quick, including one of our our free “Retail Display Units.” Find more information about Wholesale & Customization here
November 10th, 2013 by Jim Coudal
Usually our films are meandering meditations on something sorta related to the latest edition, but in knowing how well beer and commercials go hand in hand, here’s our first thirty-second, TV-ready spot.
Our 20th edition of FIELD NOTES COLORS notebooks, “Drink Local” is on sale now and going fast. This time it’s two different 3-Packs, “Ales” and “Lagers,” each featuring three different “soft-touch”-varnished colored books and a letterpress-printed coaster. And there’s a pretty great bonus for subscribers. Be sure to top up your pint quickly, “Last Call” always comes sooner than anyone expects.
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.
November 7th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell
Halloween seems like as good a day as any to announce a new addition to the FIELD NOTES line-up, so please welcome “Pitch Black.”
You’ve been asking for an open-edition black notebook.
You’ve been asking for a open-edition dot-grid notebook.
Well, here are both, in one! “Pitch Black” features French 100-lb “Blacktop” covers with “Stealth Gray” text. Inside is our 50-lb Finch Opaque Smooth text paper, with a light-gray dot grid. It’s bound with shiny black staples and features an all-new list of Practical Applications. And best of all, it’s not a limited edition, we made plenty for everyone and we’ll keep it in stock until black goes out of style. (Like that’ll happen.)
Whatever they’re calling the “new black,” forget about it. Only black is black, and nothing’s blacker than black, and black goes with everything. This book will look great in a tux or a greasy leather jacket. It can record performance notes atop a grand piano, or take note of f-stops rubber banded to a thrift-store camera.
We’ve added it to our shop page, or you can order a 3-Pack or a couple 3-Packs, or as many as you’d like, right here:
Speaking of infinite darkness, the release of “Pitch Black” marks the retirement of our Red Blooded edition. We kept good ol’ Red in stock for a couple years and three printings and it was a favorite, but we figured it was time to move on. Maybe we’ll see “Red Blooded” make a comeback someday, but for now, (as of November 4, 2013) “Red Blooded” is sold out.
Just to be super-clear: “Pitch Black” is a new standard offering and not part of the limited-edition COLORS subscription series. Don’t confuse it with the Summer 2013 COLORS edition, “Night Sky,” which sold out months ago, or the Winter 2013 COLORS edition, which will be announced in November.
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.
Since 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.
October 17th, 2013 by Jim Coudal
Just because it’s really starting to feel like fall, here’s another look at a film we made a couple years ago in north central Wisconsin.
October 3rd, 2013 by Bryan Bedell
Can we tell you more about the letterpress-printed coasters you’ll find in our “Drink Local” Ales and Lager 3-Packs? We didn’t clutter ‘em up with the usual paragraph of production notes, so we’ll share some details here:
FIELD NOTES fans know we’ve been working for years with the amazing Dan Barron at Flywheel Letterpress in Freeport, IL for years. He was all set to do the coasters, until his girlfriend got a teaching job a couple hours from Freeport. Dan had to pack up and move quickly, and decided to sell his printing business and all his equipment.
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October 1st, 2013 by Bryan Bedell
Speaking of FIELD NOTES’ unofficial appreciation society, the Field Nuts have been growing quickly in number, and recently unveiled a new and improved Facebook page, Twitter page, and web forum. They even have a spiffy new logo. We thank them all for all their support, love, enthusiasm, and evangelism.
We do remind you that if you need to contact us about anything at all, we’re here at fieldnotesbrand.com, emailable at email@example.com, on twitter at @fieldnotesbrand, or at our official Facebook page. We dig Field Nuts and lurk there occasionally but we’d need to hire additional staff to keep up with their flood of posts!