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Field Notes Two Rivers Edition: Pocket Notebook Review



So you’re probably wondering: why on earth is Appcessories talking about Field Notes? They don’t sync with your smartphone, you can’t program them, and they don’t even require batteries.

They’re just little memo books that fit in your back pocket. There’s no keypad — you write in them. Madness! OK, they’re about the size of an iPhone, but that’s where the similarities end.

Well, we’re talking about Field Notes for a very good reason, and it’s this: in our digitised, synchronised, device guided world, Chicago-based Field Notes has done the seemingly impossible. They’ve made old-fashioned notebooks very, very sexy.

The Ultimate Retro Office Supply

If you’ve got an office supply addiction, you probably already know about Field Notes mini notebooks of grid, lined, or blank paper. If you’re a frequent sketcher or note taker, they’re exactly what you need to get your thoughts on paper, even if you’re on the go.

The company comes out with seasonal colours or designs on the covers, and subscribers (yes, you can get a subscription) seem to go gaga over them.

As far as retro office supplies go, Field Notes are actually practical, unlike, say, an electric typewriter or rotary phone. They’re also hand made and well made; the craftsmanship is easy to appreciate, even if it is on something as simple as a pocket notebook.

Two Rivers Edition

The Field Notes Spring 2015 Colors edition was made in conjunction with the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, hence the name.

What sets this edition apart from other Field Notes is their awesome hand printed covers. Even if you’re sceptical about the hype surrounding these notebooks, you have to admit that these covers look amazing.

The covers are actually hand printed at the museum using cool manual type slugs that have been hand set on high quality stock. Bold inks are layered for a beautiful retro poster look.

There’s nothing digital about these, and that’s a bit refreshing… if you’re into that sort of thing.

Paperless Office? Ha!

No matter how many gadgets and devices we have in our pockets, sometimes there’s simply no replacement for putting pencil to paper. Why not elevate that experience to its highest potential? This is what Field Notes does, and this is why hipsters everywhere go nuts for what are essentially pocket notebooks.

If you want a three-pack of the Two Rivers edition, the company has sold out of them. However, you’re not totally out of luck: you can find them on eBay for relatively reasonable prices (if you define paying four bucks USD for a tiny notebook as reasonable).

Otherwise, you can order future editions of Field Notes directly from the company, or get a subscription to have them sent to you each season.

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