To celebrate their 10th Anniversary, Field Notes decided to go back in time with three earlier editions of Field Notes.
There are three different releases within the pack:
'Old Red' has a red-leather-textured cover that Field Notes creator, Aaron Draplin customised 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 plain body pages.
This anniversary version is matte-foil-stamped in white on red Mohawk Carnival 90gsm cover stock with a “cordwain” texture, and features 32 blank Finch Opaque 60gsm body pages with two staples and 1/4"-radius rounded corners.
The second memo book is the First Field Notes that launched in 2005. The originals 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.
This reprint has been adjusted to the canonical 9x14cm size, with a French “Speckletone Kraft” 100gsm cover and 32 pages of simulated old-school graph paper printed on 60gsm Finch Opaque, with two staples and 1/4"-rounded corners.
The third is a testament to Aaron's first test run and when he sent some Field Notes to Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners in Chicago — and Field Notes Brand (the company) was born. This design was a 2007 test batch that was never officially sold, but does turn up in the wild occasionally. 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: 80gsm French Packing Brown Wrap covers, 60gsm 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.
Field Notes notebooks are well known as the best pocket notebook, made from durable materials for robust use that are proudly printed and manufactured in the USA. High-quality memo books with an interesting feature, the 10th Anniversary notebooks are a wonderful gift — although, you may want to keep them all for yourself!