We are big Maggie Rogers fans here at Field Notes, and a little bird told us (thanks Amy!) that Maggie was also a Field Notes fan. So, in late 2019, when her sold-out tour was scheduled to visit Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, we reached out and invited her to visit HQ, and she accepted.
We chatted and agreed it might be fun to collaborate on a product that we could offer online and Maggie could offer on tour, and we got to work sketching out some ideas. And then, of course, when the pandemic hit, everything changed for us, and especially for the live music industry.
But maybe the delay was, in some weird way, a good thing. We have always loved Maggie’s spare and honest early recordings, and admired Joshua Meier’s just-exactly-perfect photography that accompanied her first two independent releases, The Echo and Blood Ballet. So, when she told us about the upcoming release of Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011–2016, which is now available, we knew just what to do.
The 2-Packs of journals are 4 1/4" x 6 1/2". The Blood Ballet book has a red back cover and red tinted spine, The Echo one, blue. They are sewn in signature, and made of premium Strathmore covers and inner pages, with tipped-in vellum fly-sheets featuring Maggie’s original hand-written lyrics. These books are the perfect format for personal notes, reflections and sketches.
We hope you dig these journals as much as we enjoyed making them. And we really hope that you get a chance to see Maggie perform live soon. She was kind enough to invite us to that show at The Aragon. Maggie’s performance was amazing, but it was the connection between her and the audience that really inspired us.
Proudly printed by the good people of Lake County Press, Inc., Waukegan, Ill.
Cover: Strathmore Premium Wove 100#C “Natural White” with a 2-color application of Pantone Red 484 or Blue 5415 and Black soy-based Toyo inks.
Innards: Strathmore Premium Wove 70#T “Ultimate White.”
Flysheet: CTI Paper Glama Natural 29#T “Clear.”
Cover and innards printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 40" 8-color offset printing press.
Bound with American & Efird Tex 40 D-Core 32187 “Natural” thread on an Aster sewing machine and Kolbus KM600 binder at Reindl Bindery, Germantown, Wisc.
Corners rounded to a 3/8" (9.5mm) radius with a Challenge DCM double round-corner machine.
Dimensions: 4-1/4" × 6-1/2" (108mm × 165mm).
FIELD NOTES uses the Futura 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.