A new COLORS edition: Field Notes Sweet Tooth
We get a little excited at Milligram each time the quarterly Limited Edition Field Notes set hits our desks. They’re always created with such thought, care and passion. Plus this perfect pocket notebook has so many uses… jotting down notes and ideas, to-do and grocery lists and recording anything we don’t want to forget!
We admire the huge dedication of the team behind Field Notes: creator Aaron Draplin’s of Draplin Design Company of Portland and co-founder Jim Coudal’s Coudal of Partners of Chicago. Aaron originally created Field Notes (back in 2007) as a cool gift for friends because he couldn’t find a sketchbook that he liked, and aren’t we lucky that he did!
The Field Notes team are inspired by the vanishing subgenre of agricultural memo books in hopes of offering, ‘an honest memo book, worth fillin’ up with good information’.
COLORS Limited editions
The Field Notes COLORS limited editions have been released quarterly since 2008 and are variations on their classic memo books. In each release the team explore new papers, printing processes and colours, sometimes adding special packaging and other fringe benefits.
The 30th latest seasonal release has just been brought out: “Sweet Tooth”. This new set is the brightest one yet and comes in a solid block of plain, bright colour cover-to-cover: ‘Blu-Raspberry’, ‘Banana Split’ and ‘Tangy Orange’.
The team have always wanted to experiment with a “through and through” edition, where the colour of the interior pages matches the colour of the cover. Once they saw how bright and attention-grabbing the coloured pages were they decided to leave them blank and make it happen.
The covers are stamped in matching shiny metallic foils from Crown Roll Leaf Inc and the French Paper’s Pop-Tone line feels robust and durable with a 270gsm cover and 103gsm text.
In a Field Notes first, each page is perforated just the right amount so that the page comes out neatly and cleanly with a quick fold for both note taking and note leaving.
While we’re talking special editions, we thought you might like to check out some of the previous COLORS limited editions that Milligram house.
Field Notes: Snowblind
The 29th release “Snowblind” is pure magic and total fun. The notebooks are designed with specially designed ink so the cover changes colour when exposed to UV light. Made of silk cover stock, the cover has been silk-screened (another first for Field Notes!) with two custom inks.
The Field Notes logo is printed with a pearlescent “interference” ink that glimmers and sparkles, and the remainder of the notebook is coated in “photochromic” ink that darkens when exposed to sunlight. Out of sunlight, the notebooks are white. In direct sunlight, they change to blue!
If you’ve ever been to the Shenandoah National Park (bordering Virginia and West Virginia, USA) there might be a nostalgic recollection from Field Notes’ 28th release, the “Shenandoah”.
The colours feature three green French cover stocks that match the leaf colour of three trees that can be found at the National Park: Sweet Birch, Chestnut Oak and the Red Maple.
To make this notebook a one-of-a-kind, Field Notes introduced duplexing – taking two different colour papers and fusing them together so that they become one through brute force and adhesives. This had been done before, but this time the team wanted specific colours and paper – so they made their own!
And, in case you don’t know which is which, each notebook in this pack features an illustration of a leaf on the back with some facts about the tree, and the belly band around each notebook is real birch veneer.
Field Notes: Expedition
Let’s look at one more release from a little while back. This is one we absolutely loved when it first came out – the 17th release “Expedition”. It comes in a fiery ‘Antarctic Survey Orange’ front cover and ‘Polar Night Black’ back cover, with a subtle varnish map of Antarctica spread across both.
You might have noticed a pattern of “firsts” from Field Notes with each new release, and this is no exception. This time, the team expanded the basic utility of the notebook: the paper. The “Expedition” is printed on Yupo Synthetic Paper, which is incredibly waterproof and tear-proof, ready to tackle any hemisphere. Don’t believe us? Check out the extensive and intensive testing done over at Field Notes.
At Milligram, we love Field Notes’ limited edition COLORS releases that are seemingly simple yet complex utilitarian designs. For creator, Aaron Draplin, Field Notes is a ‘nice, little reminder to slow things down where [he] can…There’s something magical and timeless about a pencil and paper.’
With over 15 years in the industry, Aaron Draplin has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with. We can’t wait to see what Field Notes comes up with next!