Field Notes is raising funds in the support of Black Live Matter Chicago. 100% of the sales of our Chicago 3-Packs, plus a 100% match of these sales will be donated to support social justice in Chicago. So, buy a few.
CHICAGO EDITION 3-PACK
Field Notes celebrates the home of our Midwest HQ with the new Chicago Edition. Separate from our Quarterly Editions, it’s just a little something we whipped up to keep ourselves busy and warm as our temperature drops below zero. This joins our Hometown Series which also includes the Portland Edition.
The cover is our standard French Paper Co. Dur-O-Tone 80#C “Packing Brown Wrap” featuring Chicago’s sky blue and red flag (ranked by vexillologists as America’s second-best municipal flag!). Inside, you’ll find a new set of Chicago-centric Practical Applications, and our standard Finch 60#T “Bright White” graph paper.
To paraphrase Nelson Algren, Chicago may not always love you back, but your Chicago Field Notes will always be there for you. There’s no better place to keep track of Italian beef joints, Blackhawks point streaks, neighborhood bars, Mayoral election calendars, and parking dibs.
Proudly printed by the good people of Service Graphics, Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
Cover: French Dur-O-Tone 80#C "Packing Brown Wrap," with a thick, brute force, 1-color application of "Dachshund Nose" black soy-based Toyo ink.
Innards: Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 60#T "Bright White," with a fine, 1-color application of "Double Knee Duck Canvas" light brown soy-based Toyo ink.
Cover printed on a Mitsubishi Diamond Series 40" 6-color printing press.
Innards printed on a Miller TP104 28" × 40" 2-color printing press.
Bound by a Heidelberg ST350 "Stitchmaster" 8-pocket saddle stitcher, with appreciation to Samuel Slocum, George W. McGill, and William J. Brown, the "Founding Fathers of the Staple."
Corners precisely rounded to ⅜" (9.5mm) by a CRC round-corner machine.
Graph grid: 3/16" × 3/16" (4.7mm x 4.7mm). 48 Pages.
Memo book dimensions are 3½" × 5½" (89mm x 140mm).
FIELD NOTES uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials.
All FIELD NOTES memo books are printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
Inspired by the vanishing sub-genre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers, and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list, the Draplin Design Company of Portland and Coudal Partners, a Chicago creative firm, have created Field Notes Brand, a collection of smartly-designed, vintage-styled pocket notebooks, calendars, and various office accoutrements.
In 2006, Aaron Draplin, a designer and collector of American ephemera, decided to create an homage to the utilitarian pocket notebooks found in the first half of the 20th century at full-service gas stations, midwestern feed stores, and all points in between. (Lots more on the products that inspire us here.) He called the hundred or so books he’d printed, “Field Notes,” and sent them out to friends, including Jim Coudal. The day that first book arrived in Chicago, Jim called Aaron. In less than a week, a company was born.
From the very beginning, every Field Notes paper product has been manufactured in the U.S.A. From the paper, sourced from some of the finest mills in the Midwest, to even the inks used, the production of Field Notes has never required travel on a cargo ship or plane; just the roads crisscrossing the country.