YOUR OWN PERSONAL PACKS
Our Quarterly release for the Spring of 2020 is the “Vignette” Edition. The Graph Paper Memo Books in these 3-Packs feature a clever die-cut pocket that allows you to include your own image — any image — as an integrated part of the cover design. We’ve noticed how people customize their Field Notes covers with a sticker, title, sketch, or stamp, so the “Vignette” Edition makes that sort of personalization quick and easy, resulting in a very slick finished product.
The “theme” of these books is completely up to you. Maybe it’s a photo of your crew, your kids, or your pup? Possibly a screen grab from your favorite movie, cartoon, or tv show? Will it be a masterpiece by a famous artist, or one by your not-yet-famous toddler? A team logo, vacation selfie, literary hero, pop star… or just that sweet photo you took of the full moon. Yeah, that’d work great.
MAKE OF THESE WHAT YOU WILL
Two stippled “Charcoal Gray” books and one super-bright “Terra Green” book make up each 3-Pack. We’ve also included a set of Field Notes-themed insert cards for you to play around with, to see how the “Vignette” personalization system works. But after you try those out, get to work on your own. Because that’s what this release is really all about.
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To that end, there’s a tool in each pack to frame and crop existing images (or fabric samples, maps, anything flat, really) to the proper size. We’ve also made a simple web app to shoot, adapt, share, and print your own personal digital photos, as “vignettes.” We can’t wait to see how you personalize these. Please share your customizations on social media with the tag #myownfieldnotes and we’ll feature them.
Designing and manufacturing these books was a fun challenge, but the most exciting part was knowing that we would never finish them. We left that up to you.
Proudly printed and bound by the good people of eDOC Communications, Mount Prospect, Ill. and die-cut by Platinum Converting, Itasca, Ill.
Covers: Neenah Classic Textures “Charcoal” Stipple and Astrobrights “Terra Green” 80#C with “Silver Emulsion” and “Neutral Gray” soy-based Toyo inks.
Innards: Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 60#T “Bright White,” with a fine, 1-color application of “Silver Emulsion” soy-based Toyo ink.
Printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 40" 6-color printing press.
Bound with a Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 270 5-pocket saddle stitcher with cover feeder/scorer and Rima RS 10S in-line stacker, with appreciation to Samuel Slocum, George W. McGill, and William J. Brown, the “Founding Fathers of the Staple.”
Corners rounded to 3/8" (9.5mm) radius with a Challenge DCM double round-corner machine.
Graph grid: 3/16" × 3/16" (4.7mm × 4.7mm).
Memo book dimensions are 3-1/2" × 5-1/2" (89mm × 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.
FNC-46 UPC: 858493003899
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.