Field Notes Tenth Anniversary Edition - 3 pack
Inspired by the vanishing subgenre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers, and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list, the Draplin Design Co., Portland, Ore. -- in conjunction with Coudal Partners, Chicago, Ill. -- brings you "Field Notes" in hopes of offering "An honest memo book worth fillin' up with good information."
To celebrate Field Notes Brand’s tenth anniversary, Field Notes released a 3-Pack featuring reproductions of three early versions of Field Notes:
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 anniversary version is matte-foiled-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. The 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. Ten years later, they'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 their logo atop each page. Again, they’re one staple short, and the corners are not-quite-round-enough.
Size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches
Inner paper: 60#T paper. “2002” book is blank, “2005” book has blue 1/4" graph, “2007” book has gray 1/16"-ish graph with header