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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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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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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


New COLORS: Spring in Two Rivers

March 11th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

FNC26_tworivers24“Two Rivers” is our newest COLORS limited edition, and it’s available now! It was an absolute joy to work with the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and we’re thrilled to support their important mission with this edition. We’ve randomly mixed four French Paper Co. covers, three inks, and a variety of hand-set wood type designs to create more than a thousand different covers.

Learn more about “Two Rivers” here, including lots more photos and three videos about the edition, and be sure to check out Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum director Jim Moran’s blog post about the production of the books.

Only 25,000 packs were made, with $2 per pack going to support the museum. Order now, these won’t be available for long, and if you love American history, printing, and design as much as we do, please consider an additional donation to the museum when you check out.


The Conversation

March 10th, 2015 by Jim Coudal

Aaron Draplin sat down with Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum director Jim Moran to talk about how the museum works and how they approached and completed the job of printing the covers for our new “Two Rivers” Edition.

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Think Summer

February 27th, 2015 by Jim Coudal


With Spring Training getting started, it seems a good time to remind fathers, sons, wives and daughters about Kevin Guilfoile’s splendid memoir about his Dad, Roberto Clemente, and a mysterious bat. A Drive into the Gap, from Field Notes Books is a short, delightful, touching story that deserves a place on any ball fan’s shelf. Check out an excerpt and a short film, and then pick up a copy or two.


Winter 2014 COLORS: The Ambition Edition

January 21st, 2015 by Jim Coudal


For our 25th (!) seasonal release, we’ve created something pretty special and very useful. Check out the AMBITION EDITION. It’s shipping right now.

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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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Duly Noted

January 14th, 2015 by Jim Coudal


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Change Below

January 9th, 2015 by Jim Coudal

Field Notes Vend

We got a call from the crew at Space, a sweet new co-working community in Chicago. They had an idea, and even more importantly, they had a vending machine. Tada.