Field Notes

Field Notes In Action:

Expedition: Expectation and Experience

February 7th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

FNtestCBack in the Winter of 2012, we put our waterproof, tearproof Expedition notebooks through 12 tests. Some were rigorous, some were kind of silly, one (above) was sort of more toxic than we expected, but none of our testing compared to the real-world challenge for which they were designed: Ben Saunders’ journey on foot to the South Pole and back. As it turned out, Ben’s trip was delayed until this winter, but today, after years of planning and training, Ben and Tarka finished their amazing trek. They have more important things than Field Notes PR to worry about right now (eating, sleeping, healing, getting back to their families and friends) but we’ve caught glimpses of well-used Expeditions through their adventure, and we look forward to learning how their Expedition books were used and how they held up. So celebrate their success today, and keep watching this space.

Field News:

Where’s the Memo Book Love?

January 23rd, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

Thanks to several Field Notes users, we’ve been notified of two paper-notebook media appearances this week that deserve our attention:

First, The Onion, once our office newspaper of record, posted the story “New Leather-Bound Notebook To Really Unleash Area Woman’s Creativity.” Clearly their decision to abandon their terrific newspaper to work towards becoming another cat video website was based not on economics, but a sheer hatred of paper.

Second, Bill Gates appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s variety program and proclaimed that “paper tablets will be the next thing to go,” as handwriting-recognition software for tablets and desktop computers improves.

We’re not sure what provoked this flurry of attacks on the modest pocket notebook (and you, its user!) but rest assured we’ll keep making notebooks long after short-sighted people like Bill Gates stop using them. Good luck prying our notebooks, vinyl records, and film cameras from our cold, obsolete hands.

Colors · Products:

Winter COLORS: Bundle Up with Cold Horizon

January 20th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

ch_snowThis winter’s FIELD NOTES COLORS limited-edition release has been revealed! “Cold Horizon” is a glossy blue 3-pack that’s perfect for gift-giving, and it’s available now. Get ‘em while they last, and check out our new film, Winter Almanac, for sound advice for the season. Get all the details here.

Colors · Film Archive:

How Do Subscriptions Stack Up?

January 12th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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With five years (and 21 editions) of Field Notes COLORS notebooks behind us, It’s time to look at what a COLORS subscription really means.

Our Made-in-USA limited-edition notebooks make a great gift! Subscriptions are available now, starting with our Winter Cold Horizon edition.

Field Notes In Action:

A Cameo

January 7th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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We were surprised and delighted to see one of our original craft memo books make a surprise appearance in the season finale of the New Orleans-based HBO drama Treme. Thanks for that and thanks to CommaQ_Arch in Montana for grabbing this image.

Field Notes In Action:

Tested Again!

December 20th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell

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Jamie and Adam’s mighty Tested.com 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.

Products:

And Everything in Its Place

November 13th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

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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.

Retail Additions:

Attention Shopkeepers

November 11th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

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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

Colors:

Drink Up!

November 10th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

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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.

Field Notes In Action · Idea File:

Sharing an Uncommon Wealth of Sketches

November 8th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell

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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.