No, not THAT notebook. I love my Macbook Air – over the last 2 months, it’s become my primary machine. My review will be in another post, some other time. This is about real notebooks. You know, the kind you write in – remember writing?

I’ve been a fan of the Moleskine notebook for the past few years. And, as silly as it sounds, I’ve set a pretty high standard for myself when it comes to selecting a notepad. Fine – I’ve become a notebook snob, sue me.

Back in 2005, I talked a bit about how certain things (computers, notebooks, mp3 players, etc) become irresistible due to the combination of pleasure and the ‘experience’ using the item. Ed Stroglio (upon the release of the Mac Mini) went as far as saying: “For PCers, a computer is a tool, an animated screwdriver. You don’t have an “experience” with a screwdriver. It either works well or it doesn’t. If it does, you like it; if it doesn’t, you don’t. You don’t admire its aesthetic features, or find one a reflection of your good taste, or a symbol that proves you’re an {fill in the blanks: admirable, special, creative, artistic} person. For Macsters, it’s just the opposite. The object is an extension of themselves just as much as their clothing or interior decoration, it’s a part of them in a way a PC never is for a PCer.

3 years later, I think this still holds true. This goes not only if you’re a PC or a Mac fan, but rather to any possessions you own that you have a personal attachment to. It’s an expression of oneself.

Anyways, the point I was trying to get to is that I just found out about Field Notes notebooks today from Draplin Design and Coudal Partners.

The retro-style memo books come in 3-packs, each with 48 pages of 1-pica graph paper. They also include a pencil, pen and other ‘goodies’. They’re inspired bythe vanishing subgenre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list”.

With inspiration like that, how could you not instantly buy a few? I ordered 2 packs this morning, so I’ll post a full review when they arrive.

Somehow, I think these bad boys are going to replace my Moleskine, and make the perfect travel companion to my MacBook Air.


    Brian Johnson (April 10, 2008 @ 9:19 am)

    Nice. I thought about getting those, but I’m finding that I use my notebook a lot now for reference, in addition to notes. So I usually start my notes around the 20th page or so and then I transfer the important information from the last notebook to the new one on those first 20 pages. That would be a little inconvenient with the shorter notebooks. They do look really cool though.

    If you’re into it, there’s a Field Notes group on Flickr:



    Brian Johnson (April 10, 2008 @ 9:23 am)

    Sorry, that was just somebody’s set. The generic notebooks group is here:

    I thought there was a Field Notes group, but I may have been mistaken.

    Speedmaster (April 21, 2008 @ 10:58 am)

    Fun post!

    I recently reviewed Field Notes and two other brands …

    Review: Miquelrius Notebooks and Journals

    Review: The Stifflexible Notebook

    Field Notes Brand Notebooks

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