This new edition of Field Notes marks the a first for the brand: the first expansion in the type of paper used in their notebooks. The whole book is printed on Yupo Synthetic paper, an amazing tearproof and waterproof paper extruded from polypropylene pellets in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Months of development and testing were required to get these the Expedition Edition notebooks just right, and whilst you might not ever test the true limits of them - there's peace of mind knowing they've been tested in and survived South Pole expeditions. A hi-visibility “Antarctic Survey Orange” front cover and “Polar Night Black” back cover, with a subtle varnish effect featuring a topographic map of Antarctica surround body pages featuring dot-graph paper printed in light grey.
Please Note: As synthetic paper is nonporous and does not absorb ink like conventional paper, you'll find ballpoint pens, pencils, or fine tip Sharpies work best in this notebook.
On to the details:
- Proudly printed by the good people of eDOC Communications, Mount Prospect, Ill
- Cover: Waterproof/tearproof Yupo Synthetic 74#C, with thick, brute force applications of “Hi-Visibility Orange” and “Low-Visibility Black” soy-based Saphira inks and a tinted spot varnish
- Innards: Waterproof/tearproof Yupo Synthetic 57#T with a 1-color application of “Cartographer’s Gray” soy-based Saphira ink. (Use pencil/ballpoint pen for best results.)
- Printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 40" 6-color UV printing press
Bound by a Harris Bookbinder 6-pocket saddle stitcher with cover feeder, with appreciation to Samuel Slocum, George W. McGill, and William J. Brown, the “Founding Fathers of the Staple.”
- Corners precisely rounded to a 3/8" (9.5mm) radius with a Challenge DCM double round-corner machine
- Memo book dimensions are 3-1/2" × 5-1/2" (89mm × 140mm)
Dot-graph Grid: 3/16" × 3/16" (4.7mm × 4.7mm)
- FIELD NOTES uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials
- All FIELD NOTES memo books are printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
PROVENANCE AND ETHICS
“I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.”
Inspired by the vanishing sub-genre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers, and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list, the Draplin Design Company of Portland and Coudal Partners, a Chicago creative firm, have created Field Notes Brand, a collection of smartly-designed, vintage-styled pocket notebooks, calendars, and various office accoutrements.
From the very beginning, every Field Notes paper product has been manufactured in the U.S.A. From the paper, sourced from some of the finest mills in the Midwest, to even the inks used, the production of Field Notes has never required travel on a cargo ship or plane.