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Field Notes 2014 Limited Editions + Cherry Graph

Field Notes Limited Edition

The Field Notes 2014 limited editions are now available for purchase on our website. Take this opportunity to grab hold of the following:

Field Notes Shelterwood, Spring 2014

Field Notes Arts and Sciences, Summer 2014

Field Notes Unexposed, Fall 2014

Field Notes Ambition, Winter 2014

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Field Notes Cherry Graph


 

FIELD NOTES WINTER 2014 EDITION: AMBITION

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From Field Notes:

ambition_fn02Our old friends French Paper Co. of Niles, Michigan supplied “Olive,” “Wine,” and “Chocolate” 100# Speckletone for the covers, with production bouncing around the Midwest for the last few weeks. Printing started in Chicago’s suburbs at eDoc, then the covers were delivered to Nu Wave Diecutting & Finishing in downtown Chicago to emboss the cover logo. After a trip back to eDoc for bindery, they were trucked down to Liberty Book and Bible in Indianapolis for a process nearly as old as bookbinding, but all-new to us!

ambition_fn03Gilding is an ancient technique once performed by artisans with gold leaf, mallets, and secret mixtures of binding paste. A century or so ago the process was mechanized, but it’s still ridiculously complex. The books are clamped into small batches, then make three passes (once for each edge) through an Ochsner edge gilder, which sands the edges smooth with varying grits of sandpaper, then fuses metallic foil to the edge with heat. It was certainly the strangest piece of printing machinery we’d seen, until a few minutes later when we saw a pair of Ochsner round-corner gilding machines in action.

ambition_fn05But that’s not the only FIELD NOTES first in this edition. The “Olive” book is ruled in ledger lines (which you may remember from FNC-16, “Traveling Salesman”), and the “Wine” book is graph paper, but the “Chocolate” book features 56 pages ruled in a weekly datebook format! The body paper is Cougar Opaque 50# “Natural White” text-weight vellum printed in “Double Knee Duck Canvas” ink. With all that gold going on, gold staples were the obvious choice to hold the books together.

ambition_fn04With a datebook, ledger, and memo book in hand, projects of any scope become more manageable. And we bet the elegant gilded edges will help get you out of bed a bit earlier and start getting things done. All that’s standing between you and your goals are a whole bunch of notes, facts, lists, and figures, and now you have the perfect place to write it all down.

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Field Notes Ambition Edition is available for purchase here!


 

FIELD NOTES FALL 2014 EDITION: UNEXPOSED

Here’s what we can tell you: each “Unexposed” pack features three 5.5-inch x 3.5-inch 48-page memo books in an opaque black sleeve. The interior paper features our “reticle graph,” last seen in the “Night Sky” Edition from Summer 2013.

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We won’t ruin the surprise by giving away any more than that, except to say that each pack contains three of the six memo books that make up this edition. So, there are 20 different possible combinations. Which combination you receive is left up to chance. You don’t know what you’ll get, and neither do we! But we’re confident you’ll enjoy them

Note: you can have an idea what you’ll get inside simply google “field notes unexposed” and click on the google images bar. Do at your own risk of ruining the surprise!

Field Notes Unexposed edition available for purchase here.



FIELD NOTES SUMMER 2014: ARTS AND SCIENCES

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From Field Notes:

Our 23rd COLORS release introduces a brand-new, larger FIELD NOTES format for Summer 2014. We’ve created a limited-edition 2-Pack of 7.5-inch by 4.75-inch “Note Books,” big enough to accommodate ideas from both sides of your brain. Both books feature sturdy Mohawk Loop 110-lb covers with silver ink and debossed logos, with 64 pages of Finch Opaque 50-lb text paper inside.

artssci_fn06The “Arts” Note Book is designated for creative musings, featuring a wine-colored cover containing a wealth of handy information for writers and fine artists. Its 64 interior pages are quarter-inch ruled in “Academy Gray” for prose and poetry on the right-hand (“recto”) side, and blank on the left-hand (“verso”) side for sketches, scribbles, and sentence diagrams.

 

 

 

FN23AS12sm“Sciences” sports a dark slate gray cover loaded with the formulas, theories, and ideas you need to get you through your day. The recto pages feature an all-new “Engineer’s Graph” subdivided into one-inch, half-inch, and tenth-inch squares in “Academy Gray.” As with “Arts,” the “verso” side of the sheet is blank, awaiting your diagrams, calculations, and observations

 

 

 

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Field Notes Arts and Sciences edition available for purchase here.

 

 


FIELD NOTES SPRING 2014: SHELTERWOOD

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From Field Notes:

We all know that paper is made from wood. Our 22nd FIELD NOTES COLORS seasonal release is made OF wood. The “Shelterwood” edition features covers made from actual American Cherry wood, sliced ever-so-thin and bonded to a substrate of kraft paper for durability. We believe we’re the first notebook company to manufacture such a product at such a scale.

Thanks to the natural texture of the wood, no two “Shelterwood” memo books are the same but all share their origin in the same few hand-picked cherry trees from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. The wood covers are sustainably produced, with just a few 60? logs converted into 5000 feet of “Sheer Veneer,” with very little waste (the waste is recycled into wood pellets to heat the factory!). The process can be seen in the film above.

The covers are left uncoated with text printed in a triple-hit of “Ghostflower White” which remains slightly opaque, the wood texture showing through like a faded whitewashed fence. Inside covers are mossy green text on kraft paper. The guts of the books are Finch Fine “Soft White” 70# text stock, the same beefy stock you loved in our “America the Beautiful” Edition. They’re ruled in “Maidenhair Green,” and bound together with three sturdy gold staples

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We’ve lost track of how many times we crossed the IL/WI border, at all hours, through one of the worst winters on record to bring you this edition and its accompanying film. We’ve also lost track of all the bratwurst, cheese, and craft beer we’ve smuggled back into Illinois. No one’s happier to see spring arrive (the season and the notebooks!) than we are. We’re happy to say it was all worth it, and we think you’ll be as excited by these notebooks as we are.

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Field Notes Shelterwood edition available for purchase here


 

FIELD NOTES CHERRY GRAPH

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Field Notes Cherry Graph non-limited edition. “Cherry Graph” features real cherry wood covers, like our sold-out Spring 2014 Shelterwood Edition, but now with black text, filled with 48 pages of our tried-and true Finch Opaque Smooth 50#T with 48 pages of 3/16” graph paper inside.

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Field Notes Cherry Graph edition is available for purchase here.

 

Field Notes Cold Horizon, Drink Local & Pitch Black Edition

FIELD NOTES COLD HORIZON EDITION

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Like some earlier FIELD NOTES COLORS limited editions, our 21st offering, “Cold Horizon,” features three seasonally-inspired colors, but this time we’ve blended a range of three blues across all three notebooks, invoking the deeply saturated winter twilight sky, fluorescent glacial water, and the shiny metallic glimmer of the Aurora Borealis.

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The covers are printed with the blue gradient and white text on a very glossy UV-coated 120-lb Appleton Utopia One stock. The inside covers are the opposite, white with the text (including new “Practical Applications”) printed in the same blue gradient. Arranged side by side, or back to back, the blues fade evenly from book to book. Inside, you’ll find 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.

Field Notes – Cold Horizon Edition from Coudal Partners on Vimeo.

You’re busily getting ready for winter, and its associated holidays, but are you sure you’ve remembered everything? We prepared this filmed list of basic winter preparedness tips that you’ll surely find useful.

 

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Whether you spend the next few months hot-tubbing with friends at the lodge, celebrating with family, or nesting by the fire and making plans for spring, you’ll find plenty of ways to fill your FIELD NOTES with great ideas and good information.

Order now! Field Notes Cold Horizon edition.


 

FIELD NOTES “DRINK LOCAL” EDITION

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Our new FNC-20 “Drink Local” books feature heavyweight New Page Sterling Premium 120# covers with a “soft touch” varnish, giving them a soft, almost rubbery feel. The logo is varnished with a contrasting gloss, and each book is colored to represent a different brew, with a brief history of each style of beer on the back cover. Inside is our acclaimed Finch Opaque Smooth 50# text paper, with a “Hefeweizen” yellow-orange graph grid. It’s all bound together with bright gold staples.

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There are two 3-Pack versions available: ALES and LAGERS, limited to 10,000 3-Packs each. ALES features STOUT (dark brown-black), AMBER ALE (warm red), and INDIA PALE ALE (rusty orange). LAGERS features PILSNER (gold), BOCK (brown), and PALE LAGER (pale yellow). Each three pack comes bound in a chipboard belly band with a matching (ALES or LAGERS) 3.5?-diameter, 2-color, pub-style coaster, lovingly letterpress-printed in Chicago by our new pal Liz Isakson-Dado on a vintage press.

Field Notes: Drink Local Edition from Coudal Partners on Vimeo.

Order now! Field Notes Drink Local Edition Ales & Lager.


 

FIELD NOTES PITCH BLACK

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You’ve been asking for an open-edition black notebook.

You’ve been asking for a open-edition dot-grid notebook.

Field Notes – Pitch Black from Coudal Partners on Vimeo.

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.)

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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.

Order now! Field Notes Pitch Black edition.

Field Notes America the Beautiful and Night Sky Edition Now Available

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Field Notes: America the Beautiful. Now available on our website.

Spring 2013: America The Beautiful Edition. Printed 3/13, Edition size: 45,000 books. Proudly Printed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.

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Each book measures 3-1/2″ wide by 5-1/2″ tall and is bound with a rugged three-staple saddle-stitch process. Durable Materials, Pocket Size.

When you think of FIELD NOTES, two things should be abundantly clear by now: first, obviously, we are obsessed with the design and variety of pocket notebooks of the twentieth century. Second, simply put, we love the U.S.A. The good, the bad, the corny, the deep; all of it. Our commitment to American materials and labor is well known.

As we set out to create the eighteenth COLORS limited edition, we dug into Aaron’s collection of vintage memo books for inspiration, and set out to pay tribute to the cross-country-road-trip spirit of America, via the vibrant full-color aesthetic of the beautifully-roughhewn memo books and road maps of the 1960s.

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In today’s world of computerized precision, it was challenging to find anything but the brightest-white paper, and our printer takes great pride in perfection. Printing oversaturated photos on yellowed paper, with a purposefully out-of-register 100-line screen, was nearly outside the capabilities of modern machinery and left pressmen scratching their heads. But we made it happen! The dust has settled, and we present our beefiest FIELD NOTES ever. Colorful stock photography of “Spacious Skies,” “Amber Waves,” and “Mountains Majesty” are reproduced in full-color on heavyweight, off-white, Tango-coated one-side covers, and stuffed with 48 pages of burly Finch “Soft White” paper ruled with “Looseleaf Blue” ink. They’re bound together with shiny copper staples, and as always: they’re manufactured in the very nation they celebrate.

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Each 3-Pack includes an “America the Beautiful” water-transfer decal inspired by the ubiquitous decals that mid-century tourists proudly applied to their Samsonite, Airstream, or Chevy Bel-Air. The decal is screen-printed in fluorescent colors on a clear backing, waiting to be briefly soaked in water and applied to an inviting, soon-to-be-more-attractive surface.


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Field Notes: Night Sky Edition. Now available on our website.

Summer 2013: Night Sky Edition. Printed 6/13, Edition size: 45,000 books. Proudly Printed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.

Countless lines of prose, poetry, and music have been written in hopes of capturing the magic of a summer night, but leave it to FIELD NOTES to take an inexplicably transcendent feeling and distill it down to basic science: it’s the stars. If you live in the city, you may often forget that there are more than a handful of ’em up there. But if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere without light pollution, seeing the Milky Way stretched across the sky on a moonless summer night never gets old.

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Our nineteenth edition of FIELD NOTES COLORS celebrates the wonders that cross the summer sky each night. The “Night Sky” 3-Pack features French Construction “Blacktop” covers, mapping out three sets of constellations that have graced the northern hemisphere summer sky long before “summer” was given a name. Constellations and popular asterisms are highlighted in silver holographic foil. Inside is our usual beloved Finch Opaque text paper, with a new “Reticle Graph,” sort of a hybrid of our popular dot-grid and graph papers. It’s all bound together with shiny black staples.

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Choosing the sections of sky to depict involved a lot of research. Illustrating thousands of stars was a lot of work. But even after all that, and a self-taught crash course in astrophotography, we weren’t prepared for two amazing nights at Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada.

There’s only so much information we can cram into a 3.5- x 5.5-inch pocket notebook, but our love of 4-point Futura is well known, so cram we did. The three books are roughly aligned to midnight in the northern hemisphere in early, mid-, and late summer, and replacing our usual “Practical Applications” the inside back covers features corresponding facts and tips to help get your stargazing underway. After a clear night and maybe a cocktail or two, you’ll impress your friends by finding Arcturus, pointing out the Summer Triangle, and locating the “Andromeda Galaxy” M-31, all with your naked eye!

Field Notes Colors: The Expedition Edition now available!

Field Notes Expedition

Field Notes: Expedition Edition is the 17th release of the Field Notes Colors special edition.

via Field Notes:

“FNC-17? marks the start of our fifth year of FIELD NOTES COLORS. In that time, we’ve explored a wide variety of papers, colors, and printing techniques, but with this new “EXPEDITION” edition, for the first time, we’ve actually expanded the basic utility of our notebooks.

Aesthetically, you’ll find an all-new design with plenty to like: a hi-visibility “Antarctic Survey Orange” front cover and “Polar Night Black” back cover, with a subtle varnish effect featuring a topographic map of Antarctica. The body pages feature our popular ‘dot grid’ graph paper, printed in light gray.

But the real innovation here is the paper. It’s maybe not even fair to call it paper. The whole book is printed on Yupo Synthetic paper, an amazing water- and tear-proof paper extruded from polypropylene pellets in Chesapeake, Virginia. We could go on and on about our new books’ durability and incredible properties, and we will, in this series of 12 (reasonably) scientific tests:

TEST 1: WATERPROOF (Pass)
TEST 2: VISIBILITY (Pass)
TEST 3: WIND RESISTANCE (Pass)
TEST 4: BALLISTICS (Pass)
TEST 5: VACUUM (Pass)
TEST 6: TENSILE STRENGTH (Pass)
TEST 7: COMPRESSION (Pass)
TEST 8: ACID RESISTANCE (Pass)
TEST 9: FLAME RESISTANCE (Fail, but fun to watch)
TEST 10: EXTREME TEMPERATURE (Pass)

TEST 11: ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES (Pass)
TEST 12: ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE (Pass)

Months of development and testing were required to get these books just right, and we’d like to thank Yupo for their extensive support, as well as the great printers and ink technicians that pitched in to help.

The majority of our customers may not test the limits of these books, but the map of Antarctica is neither hyperbole nor coincidence. We’ll be sending the “EXPEDITION” edition to the South Pole with explorer Ben Saunders as he and his team retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated journey to the Pole and back, on foot and unsupported, starting in October 2013. More on that soon.

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Note: Synthetic paper is nonporous and doesn’t absorb ink like our conventional papers.

Our new “Expedition” FIELD NOTES are pretty close to invincible, at least by notebook standards, but waterproof paper is nonporous and doesn’t soak up ink like most paper. That’s good in some ways (no bleeding, feathering, or show-through), but it does limit the writing implements you can use. Regular ball-point pens and pencils work fine, but pens that lay down a lot of ink, like fountain pens, rollerballs, and markers, don’t dry as quickly, and may smudge and/or come off on the opposite page (as seen in the last example in the photo).

Your “Expedition” 3-Pack is wrapped in a bellyband made of the same Yupo paper that’s in the books, so (after trying to tear it!) you can test your pens there and see what works best.

Field Notes COLORS: The Expedition Edition and other Field Notes products are exclusively available on Avalon.ph (PhP450.00).

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Field Notes Summer, Fall & 18-Month Calendar now available!

Field Notes Summer 2012 “Day Game” – Outfield Green, Infield Brown, and Hardball White. Each features high-gloss, foil-stamped type on a French Paper Company 100# cover, with white type on the green and brown books and “Baseball Stitching Red” on the white books. The interior pages are a 50# Finch Opaque and sport a light-tan version of our popular “Dot Grid” pattern. Ready for check-out here.

Field Notes Fall 2012 “Traveling Salesman” – The covers of this edition are a lovely chocolate brown from The French Paper Company printed with a metallic gold ink and the Field Notes logomark is embossed making for a distinguished and timeless presentation. The interior pages are “Eye-Ease” green and are ruled, ledger style, in green and red providing the perfect format for tracking miles, sales, costs, inventories and lists of all kinds. Ready for check-out here.

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Field Notes 2013 18-Month Calendar – The new edition of these beefy, chipboard-backed, tear-off 18-Month Workstation Calendar (November 2012 through April 2014), is 6″ x 9″ and will fit perfectly next to the bookshelf, or in the garage hanging above the air compressor, or in an office cubicle, or by that screen door at the summer place that makes such a racket when it slams shut. Ready for check-out here.

Grab them as Christmas gifts! These Field Notes products are not available anywhere else in the Philippines!

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Now Available at Complex Lifestyle Store

Avalon.ph hosted products Fashionary and Field Notes are now available at:

Complex Lifestyle Store
2/F, Eastwood Mall
Eastwood City,
Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Tel. No. 709-2183

 

Field Notes Spring 2012 National Crop Edition Now Available!

ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE PHILIPPINES via www.avalon.ph!

For Spring 2012, our fourteenth FIELD NOTES COLORS release sends us right back to our roots. “The National Crop Edition” is something new, and at the same time, something old. The FIELD NOTES BRAND is based on a long tradition of promotional memo books that, for more than a century, were widely distributed to American farmers by seed, tractor, fence, and other agricultural companies.

We’re revisiting that heritage with a special box set of six memo books celebrating American farmers and the six leading crops they grow.Using seven different paper stocks from the French Paper Company of Niles, Michigan (one color for each crop and another for the included souvenir reference map and custom “clamshell” box), the memo books are chock full of information about American corn, soybeans, hay, wheat, cotton and sorghum.

The text on the covers is in a rich brown and the insides feature light-tan lined graph paper. The six memo books are packed in a custom box manufactured in Brookston, Indiana by Jessup Paper Box, along with the map and a lovely embroidered logo patch for your denim jacket, bike bag, or overalls.

You can order now via this link. Remember, once they are gone most likely they are gone FOREVER!

Field Notes Spring 2012 Edition.. coming soon!

Taking pre-orders now at PhP1,080.00 only! Should be available early next week. Realistic ETA though May 9-11, 2012. Box already on it’s way to PH!

Coming to the Philippines only on Avalon.ph!

Field Notes: The National Crop Edition

The National Crop Edition goes back to FIELD NOTES’ agricultural roots with six notebooks in a custom-made box with a big poster and a embroidered patch for your overalls.

The text on the covers is in a rich brown and the insides feature light-tan lined graph paper. The six memo books are packed in a custom box manufactured in Brookston, Indiana by Jessup Paper Box, along with the map and a lovely embroidered logo patch for your denim jacket, bike bag, or overalls.

Check out our other Field Notes products!