Get to Work with Field Notes

Field Notes have become one of the most popular notebooks people use for daily musings, doodles and to-do lists. For the Spring 2017 edition, Field Notes introduced “Utility,” a notebook format perfect for any hard worker who may spend a bit of their time in a local hardware store…or for anyone that aspires to do so.

“People often ask, ‘Where do your ideas come from?’ In this case, it started with the cover paper,” says Bryan Bedell of Field Notes. “Utility” edition notebooks were printed on Mohawk Via Vellum Safety Yellow 80 cover. “The beautiful vibrant color of Via Vellum Safety Yellow jumped right out of the sample book like a DOT warning sign. It also brought to mind the yellow tape of a tape measure, which gave us another idea…”

This edition also contains a flip-out ruler that folds out of the back cover. “After ten years of making (and using) our memo books, we’ve come to realize that the ruler on the inside of the back cover is one of Field Notes’ most frequently-used but least-acknowledged features,” Bedell says. “We’ve been known to tear off a back cover of a filled-up book just to have an accessible ruler on hand around the office, workbench, or printing press.”

The inside of the notebooks contains either ledger or graph lines and is printed on Mohawk Via Vellum Pure White 70 text.

Client: Field Notes, Chicago, IL
Design: Field Notes, Chicago, IL
Printer: eDOC Communications, Mount Prospect, IL
Paper Stock: Mohawk Via Vellum Safety Yellow 80 cover + Mohawk Via Vellum Pure White 70 text
Printing: Black, red and gray soy-based Saphira inks
Bindery: Saddle stitch

Photo Credit: Field Notes


Comment below with caution for your chance to win a one-year subscription to Field Notes’ Quarterly Editions, starting with “Utility” (thanks Field Notes!). But hurry! Giveaway ends on March 17th. –GIVEAWAY CLOSED–

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Comments (113)

  1. Posted by Stacie on 03.6.17 at 6:20 pm

    Caution! Supplies essential to any designer + explorer of the world!

  2. Posted by Joanne on 03.6.17 at 6:40 pm

    Throw caution to the wind in your adventures but always take your Field Notes with you!

  3. Posted by David Pilcher on 03.7.17 at 8:04 am

    I’ve been looking for something like this for my middle school son…he needs something to help him keep track of his thoughts and homework. I think he’d like the look of this and would use it daily!

  4. Posted by Trace L Hentz on 03.7.17 at 10:48 am

    How did you get so brilliant? It’s for people to have in their pocket. I know, it’s your people. I like your people!

  5. Posted by Megan on 03.7.17 at 11:52 am

    I use field notes all the time for work. I keep it in my computer bag and take them everywhere. Notes, sketches, ideas, to-dos… it all goes in there. I love them!

  6. Posted by Kelly Ann Raver on 03.8.17 at 11:10 am

    Being very cautious to meet the deadline to enter into this drawing! As a designer, field notes would really come in handy to transfer design ideas from the brain to paper.

  7. Posted by James Lewis-Van Vorst on 03.8.17 at 11:14 am

    Caution! I may have a temper tantrum if I don’t get one!

  8. Posted by Scott R. C. on 03.8.17 at 11:46 am

    Ideas lead to exploration then it all begins on paper. I have 2 boys that are exploring every chance they get, I see these field notes to be something they could gravitate on and use as a reference diary.
    As well as my daughter that is learning to draw portraits.
    As a designer myself I know how handy reference notes can help in furthering thought processes etc. working at my full time job in a funeral home as a publisher, scratch paper is very useful showing ideas to those who lost a loved one. It all begins on paper.

  9. Posted by Steve Michalski on 03.8.17 at 12:26 pm

    What’s your favorite thing about Field Notes? Mine is giving them away to other people 🙂

  10. Posted by Sherry West on 03.8.17 at 10:09 pm

    I threw caution to the wind when I chose to switch my major from Biology to Art/Graphic Design. I find myself, 31 years later, exhausted from the challenges of my career in commercial printing, but loving all things paper–especially a handy- dandy Safety Yellow memo book where I can brainstorm with doodles for my next design.

  11. Posted by Hope on 03.11.17 at 12:12 am

    Caution! These little field notes books are perfect! I need to have a set!

  12. Posted by Matthias on 03.15.17 at 10:11 am

    Your paper is amazing and for me the best paper of any Field Notes edition I have used so far, as described in this blog post

  13. Posted by Tada M. on 03.16.17 at 2:12 am

    Field Notes are great on-the-go use and throw (or collect) notebooks. And the quarterly notebooks means that you have a new notebook every 1-3 months!

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