Just about every designer, writer, and closeted poet we know has a soft spot for Field Notes, but the true aficionados are the subscribers. This elite group gets a first run at the company’s quarterly limited-release Colors variations, which have been known to sell out within hours.
In the past, we’ve seen designs featuring wood grain, craft beer logos, and full-color Americana photos, but this spring’s release is quite possibly our favorite yet. The Two Rivers edition was borne from a partnership with Wisconsin’s historic Hamilton Manufacturing Company, known for producing a lot of the wood type that was used to print American headlines from the 1800s onward. Today, the company runs a working museum devoted to the art of printing, and $2 from the sale of each Field Notes three-pack will go toward its efforts.
Each Two Rivers notebook has a hand-set design that was printed on a 1961 Heidelberg GT windmill press using Hamilton’s collection of vintage type. The designs, ink colors, and papers were randomized, resulting in thousands of different variations. Each notebook was finished off with the iconic Field Notes logo.
Want to get your own? Order it here for $9.95 (plus shipping). Only 25,000 packs will be printed, and they’re expected to go fast.