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Field Notes

Tenth Anniversary Edition Memo Book 3-Pack

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CELEBRATING TEN YEARS

To celebrate Field Notes Brand’s tenth anniversary, our current subscribers got a surprise with their “Resolution” shipment, a free 3-Pack featuring reproductions of three early versions of Field Notes. See below on how you can get one free too.


2002: “OLD RED”


This was a small notebook with a red-leather-textured hard cover that Field Notes creator Aaron Draplin customized with his Gocco desktop screen printing press, circa 2002. This was Aaron’s first use of the name “FIELD NOTES,” and the first use of the horizontal Futura Field Notes logo. The original version had white print on the cover and spine, and blank body pages.

This anniversary version is matte-foil-stamped in white on red Mohawk Carnival 90# cover stock with a “cordwain” texture, and features 32 blank Finch Opaque 60# body pages. with two staples and 1/4"-radius rounded corners.

2005: FIRST FIELD NOTES


Aaron’s first printing (200 books!) of Field Notes were a bit taller and narrower, but otherwise pretty close to today’s Field Notes. They were hand-printed, hand-bound, and hand-numbered by Aaron himself in early 2005. He used scraps of paper left over from other projects, so the cover paper varied throughout the original run, but #001 was on French Speckletone. Body pages were cut down from office-supply graph paper. The cover is packed with Draplin Design Co. printing and design wisdom, and the books were given away to DDC friends and clients. And no, that is not a typo.

Our reprint has been adjusted to the canonical 3.5" x 5.5" size, with a French “Speckletone Kraft” 100# cover, and 32 pages of simulated old-school graph paper printed on 60# Finch Opaque, with two staples and 1/4"-rounded corners.

2007: FIELD NOTES BRAND’S FIRST TEST RUN


Aaron printed a few more runs himself for friends and clients, and in late 2006, sent some Field Notes to Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners in Chicago, and Field Notes Brand (the company) was born. Our memory is a little blurry, but our forensics experts have determined  this design was a 2007 test batch that was never officially sold, but does turn up in the wild occasionally. The next printing, labeled “Second Printing” in its specs, was sold via the Coudal Partners Swap Meat (a dumb, but fun, idea we had) and the launch of fieldnotesbrand.com. Weirdly, this “test batch” featured 32 pages and two staples. We suspect we made them to see if we could get away with fewer pages and staples, and it didn’t feel right, nor did the excessive branding on the body pages. They also had 1/4" radius round corners, future editions were all 3/8" except for a couple printings where the printer wasn’t paying attention and we were too polite to insist they fix it. The “No___ of ___” on the cover is confounding, it’s been suggested that they were going to be hand-numbered, but we don’t think that’s the case, it’s more likely that the idea was to number your books as you used them: a fine idea, but how would you determine what to write in the second blank?

Ten years later, we’ve copied them so closely that they’re nearly impossible to tell apart from the originals. The specs are familiar now: 80# French Packing Brown Wrap covers, 60# Finch body with a light gray graph and our logo atop each page. Again, they’re one staple short, and the corners are not-quite-round-enough.


SPECIFICATIONS:
  • 01.

    Printed by the good people of eDOC Communications, Mount Prospect, Ill.

  • 02.

    Cover: Various, see above.

  • 03.

    Innards: Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 60#T “Bright White.” “2002” book is blank, “2005” book has blue 1/4" graph, “2007” book has gray 1/16"-ish graph with header

  • 04.

    Corners rounded to 1/4" radius by a Challenge SCM double-round-corner machine.

  • 05.

    Bound with two staples by a Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 270 5-pocket saddle stitcher.

  • 06.

    Memo book dimensions are 3-1/2" × 5-1/2" (8.9cm × 13.9cm).

  • 07.

    FIELD NOTES only uses the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials.

  • 08.

    UPC: 858493003639

Additional Order Info

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Final Run

Items with the "Final Run" tag are not eligible for exchanges.  

Vinyl & Posters

Vinyl records and posters are pristine when packed. Please be aware we DO NOT issue refunds or replacements for minor cosmetic damage, such as corner dings, bends, split inserts, and so on. We pack our vinyl and posters securely and carefully in custom crafted boxes and tubes, but in some cases this type of wear is simply unavoidable during transit.

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Domestic orders take 1-2 business days to process, plus transit time.

International Orders

We ship just about everywhere. International orders take 1-2 days to process, plus transit time. Please note international shipments can often be unreliable and most delays happen at customs offices. ALL international customers are subject to the laws, duties and taxes of their destination country. Hello Merch is not responsible for any items lost, stolen or damaged during domestic transit.

USPS Media Mail

This method is offered to US customers as an old school budget service for vinyl, but highly discouraged, as it poses a greater risk for delays and damage. Hello Merch is not responsible for any items lost, stolen or damaged during domestic transit.

Please read our full terms of service for more info.

Returns/Exchanges

We offer an Exchange Only Return Policy. We do not accept exchanges on the following: Items marked final run/on sale, free or promotional items, any products damaged during shipping or opening, make-up, perishable goods, items washed, worn or unsealed, including vinyl/CDs that have been opened.

Pre-Orders

Pre-ordering an album does not mean you'll receive it before the rest of the world. In fact, depending on where you live and the ship date, you may not get the album until after its official release date. All pre-order products will display an expected "SHIPS ON OR AROUND" date in the product description, which is subject to change, due to unexpected delays, beyond our control. Additional items purchased on the same ticket as a pre-order will not ship until the time specified in the description of the pre-ordered item.

Final Run

Items with the "Final Run" tag are not eligible for exchanges.  

Vinyl & Posters

Vinyl records and posters are pristine when packed. Please be aware we DO NOT issue refunds or replacements for minor cosmetic damage, such as corner dings, bends, split inserts, and so on. We pack our vinyl and posters securely and carefully in custom crafted boxes and tubes, but in some cases this type of wear is simply unavoidable during transit.

US Orders

Domestic orders take 1-2 business days to process, plus transit time.

International Orders

We ship just about everywhere. International orders take 1-2 days to process, plus transit time. Please note international shipments can often be unreliable and most delays happen at customs offices. ALL international customers are subject to the laws, duties and taxes of their destination country. Hello Merch is not responsible for any items lost, stolen or damaged during domestic transit.

USPS Media Mail

This method is offered to US customers as an old school budget service for vinyl, but highly discouraged, as it poses a greater risk for delays and damage. Hello Merch is not responsible for any items lost, stolen or damaged during domestic transit.

Please read our full terms of service for more info.