It's a must for anyone that has been a part of the Field Notes revolution of getting thoughts, to-do's, doodles, and notes out of your phone and onto paper.
Field Notes has released their 10-year anniversary 3-pack, which is a look back at how they came to be. Included are three distinct pocket notebooks that tell the history of Field Notes:
2002: "Old Red"
Originally in red-textured leather, it's been recreated with red Mohawk Carnival 90# cover stock with a “cordwain” texture; "DDC FIELD NOTES" is matte-foil-stamped in white
It features 32 blank Finch Opaque 60# body pages. with two staples and 1/4"-radius rounded corners
Blank pages on the inside
2005: "First Field Notes"
The first printing was only 200 notebooks and were hand-printed, hand-bound, and hand-numbered
Scraps of paper left over from other projects was originally used, so the cover paper varied throughout the original run, but #001 was on French Speckletone. This version is 32 pages of simulated old-school graph paper printed on 60# Finch Opaque
The cover is packed with Draplin Design Co. printing and design wisdom, and the books were given away to DDC friends and clients
Includes the "guaaronteed" original verbiage, a nod to Field Notes co-founder Aaron Draplin
2007: "The Test Run"
This design was a 2007 test batch that was never officially sold, but does turn up in the wild occasionally
Features 32 pages and two staples
The "No___ of ___" on the cover is a bit fuzzy for Field Notes to remember why. It’s been suggested that they were going to be hand-numbered, but Field Notes doesn'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?
Matching the original specs, it's 80# French Packing Brown Wrap covers, 60# Finch body with a light gray graph and the logo atop each page
Proudly printed by eDOC Communications, Mount Prospect, IL
Cover: Various, see above.
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
Corners rounded to 1/4" radius by a Challenge SCM double-round-corner machine
Bound with two staples by a Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 270 5-pocket saddle stitcher
Memo book dimensions are 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" (8.9cm × 13.9cm)
FIELD NOTES uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials
All FIELD NOTES note books are printed and manufactured in the USA
(1) 2002 version; (1) 2005 version; (1) 2007 version